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Ukraine war

Russia's logistics crippled by sanctions, ensnarling global economy

Shipments grind to halt as Europe blocks sea routes

An Ocean Network Express container vessel. The Japanese shipper has stopped taking orders to ship goods to Russian ports such as St. Petersburg. (Photo by Kazuto Shimada)

TOKYO -- Logistics in Russia is practically grinding to a halt as the U.S. and Europe tighten sanctions, hampering imports of products and parts as well as exports of rare resources and grain.

As a result of sanctions imposed over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, the Russian economy is becoming isolated from the rest of the world, and a standstill in the flow of goods threatens to depress the global economy.

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