A month-long rescue operation in Russia's Far East has officially ended as two ice-breakers, the "Krasin" and "Admiral Makarov", successfully towed to safety the last of five ships - the "Sodruzhestvo" - which had been stuck fast in solid ice.
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The end is in sight for the final ice-bound ship that has been stuck off Russia's Far East coast. More than 300 crew members have endured a two-week ordeal, but are now being escorted through the frozen seas by two icebreakers.