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Russia Is Scouring the Globe for Weapons to Use Against Ukraine

The passage of a sanctioned cargo ship from Syria to a Russian port shows how Moscow is bringing equipment home again.

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Ukraine's Fight to Rebuild in Face of Unrelenting War

A merchant ship under US sanctions passed Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait on its way from Syria to Russia late last month. European intelligence officials who tracked the Sparta II say it carried military vehicles to bolster President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

The ship’s journey to the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk underlines the Kremlin’s efforts to tap resources for the invasion that’s now in its sixth month, as supply lines strain under the pressure of Europe’s largest military campaign since World War II.