Ukraine Blows Crucial Railway Lines, Paralysing Transport of Russian Military Supplies

Ukraine Blows Crucial Railway Lines, Paralysing Transport of Russian Military Supplies

Moscow was caught off guard when the railway they used for conveying Russian military supplies from China blew, paralysing the freight train’s operation.

Transport Disruption of Russian Military Supplies

According to reports, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) was responsible for the freight train attack that traversed the Severomuysky tunnel. The route was a crucial rail link between China and Russia, serving as a crucial route for transporting Russian military supplies.

SBU is the main government agency responsible for safeguarding Ukraine’s national security interests and maintaining national security. As its primary intelligence agency, it also engages in counterintelligence, counterterrorism and national security initiatives. Its main functions and responsibilities include Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Protection of State Secrets, Protection of Public Order, Law Enforcement Support, and Border and Customs Control.

The tunnel got its name from the North-Muysky ridge where it passes and was later named after V. A. Bessolov. This course is in the Republic of Buryatia on the Baikal-Amur Mainline and Russia’s longest railway tunnel.

Inside the Severomuysky tunnel. (MOROVICTOR/WikimediaCommons)

According to Russian investigators, the attack on the train mirrors a “terrorist act” by unspecified individuals. Russian Railways, on the other hand, diverted the traffic to a new route after the initial attack. It slightly increased journey hours, but won’t interrupt the transport.

Based on the Ukrainian source’s report, the second strike already expected the rail traffic’s diversion and aimed for the backup course at Chertov Bridge. This structure lies on Russia’s Baikal-Amur Mainline journeying Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. The Trans-Siberian Railway is way more paramount for Russian freight transport than the Baikal-Amur Mainline.

Additionally, the source said the attack intended to paralyse a significant infrastructure that is used for transporting Russian military supplies.

Fallen Into a Trap

According to a senior Ukrainian official, the freight train exploded in the tunnel. Four explosions caused damage to rail lines and fuel tanks. He said the Russians had fallen into a trap after using an alternate bridge route.

“This is exactly what the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) was counting on. During the passage of the train on this 35m high bridge, explosive devices planted in it went off,” said the official.

Russian security services already investigated the scene while workers made haste to make the tunnel functioning again.

Another Railway Attack Impedes Russian Military Supplies Transport

The attack on the Severomuysky tunnel diverted freight trains carrying Russian military supplies to an alternative route – the Chertov Bridge. The strike indicates the second stage of SBU’s special operation to immobilise Russia’s railway transport.

Freight trains traversed the Chertov Bridge as an alternative route after the attack on the Severomuysky tunnel. (Lupus-sapiens/WikimediaCommons)

The agency took responsibility for blowing up the second train within two days on the Baikal-Amur railway line. To avoid the damage caused by the initial attack, Russian freight trains started traversing another course. It took the semicircular viaduct on the Northern Bypass of the Baikal-Amur line.

Overnight, four train fuel tanks were destroyed, including two more damaged by fire. Previous reports noted that spilt fuel covered an area of 150 square metres.

“Russian special services should get used to the fact that our people are everywhere, even in distant Buryatia,” said a source.

Russian Authorities Arrested Sabotage Attacker

On Friday, Russian authorities arrested a Russian-Italian for sabotage attacks on Moscow’s military structures and a railway through the instructions of Ukrainian military intelligence.

The government unfolded dozens of cases regarding alleged sabotage of the country’s major infrastructures and production facilities. It includes attacks on military recruitment centres since the start of its military invasion.

The attacker with dual citizenship was born in 1988, claimed he placed improvised explosive devices on the railway line. The Ryazan resident added that he was responsible for the earlier airfield attack in the same region.

“During questioning, the detainee confessed and said that in February 2023 he was recruited by an employee of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine,” said the Investigative Committee.

According to the Committee, the arrested individual underwent sabotage training in Latvia with the Latvian special services’ direct participation.

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