Japan said on Thursday it spotted four Russian amphibious vessels in waters near its coast on Wednesday.
The Japanese military said the four ships sailed in the Tsuruga Strait that separates the Japanese island of Honshu and the island of Hokkaido, an unusual move for Russia, Reuters reported.
Ships can contain military equipment, including tanks, and hundreds of soldiers.
Japan’s Defense Ministry released photos of the ships that appeared to have military trucks on at least one of them, according to Reuters.
When a Defense Ministry spokesperson was asked if the equipment could be sent to Ukraine, he replied that “it is possible”.
the Russian invasion of Ukraine has killed thousands of people and destroyed hundreds of buildings over the past three weeks.
Russia has targeted hospitals, cinemas and residential buildings, although the Kremlin denies doing so.
Ukrainian officials have denounced alleged Russian war crimes and continue to push for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Western countries resisted this decision but provided military aid to Ukraine to defend its country.
Russia continues to falsely claim that its presence in Ukraine is a “special military operation” to liberate the people from a “neo-Nazi” government.
More than 3 million Ukrainians have been displaced due to the fighting.