Ukraine may have just carried out its first covert attack on Russian soil

An explosion that damaged a railway line in Russia was carried out by Ukrainians trying to prevent President Vladimir Putin’s forces from sending supplies to the front lines, some commentators say.

Footage posted on social media reportedly shows damaged train tracks leading to Belgorod, a Russian town just 25 miles from the border with Ukraine.

If the Ukrainians claim responsibility for the attack on the railway line, it would be their first confirmed covert attack on Russian soil. No one was injured in the incident.

Russia is gathering forces on Ukraine’s eastern border for a new offensive against Ukraine’s Donbass region. The attack on the railway line, which lies north of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, could disrupt Moscow’s military preparations.

Some analysts believe that the Ukrainians may have carried out a mission to destroy the Belgorod railway line in Russia, 40 km from the Ukrainian border. Pictured: Ukrainians board a train at the central station in Sloviansk, in the Donbass region, on April 12.
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According to Russian reports, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed that an “incident” had occurred on the line, meaning the railway was currently out of service, but he has none. not reveal the cause.

“Damage to railway tracks in Shebekino district. No injuries or casualties. Only the tracks are damaged. An investigation team is working on the site,” Russian news agency Tass quoted Gladkov as saying on Telegram. The incident led the Belgorod region to raise its terror threat level, warning locals against visiting crowded places, Tass said.

Dmitry Alperovitch, founder of the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, told his 167,000 followers: “Governor of Russia’s Belgorod Oblast Confirms Damage to Railroad Tracks near the Ukrainian border”. Photos he tweeted apparently showing the damage revealed warped tracks, broken sleepers and twisted metal along the line.

A journalist for The EconomistOliver Carroll, tweeted a photo of a huge elevated break in the line, with the caption: “Belgorod rail damage (explosion) appears to be the work of Ukrainian SF groups – creating doubts for Russia at a time when she wants to commit everything he has to a new offensive in eastern Ukraine.”

A translation of an article on a Russian commercial news radio website, BFM, said: “The incident on the railway in the Shebekinsky district of the Belgorod region on the border with Ukraine s is produced on the site that was used for the rail bus on the Belgorod-Nezhegol route This was announced in his Telegram channel by the governor of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov.

“According to the governor, the train passengers were transferred to a regular bus and taken to their destination. Also, [he added] ‘a free bus service has been arranged which will operate until the railway lines are restored.’

“The Governor stressed that there were no casualties or injuries. However, he did not specify what exactly happened to the tracks. Investigators are currently at the scene. They will find out what happened. happened.”

Removing a key railway line would be a major coup for the Ukrainians and could help prevent Russian forces from sending troops or heavy military machinery and weapons by rail.

The Belgorod incident follows allegations of another Ukrainian raid in the city earlier this month, when Gladkov accused Ukraine of attacking an oil storage depot, which caught fire. Video widely shared online showed a huge fire in Belgorod on April 1, but Ukrainian Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov denied that Ukrainian forces were responsible. “For some reason they say we’re behind this. It doesn’t match reality,” he said.


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