Rail bombs stop Russian ‘Z’ armored train carrying fuel and weapons

KYIV, ($1=29.57 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The war in Ukraine brought forgotten tactics from World War II. Russia has decided to use an armored tank to deliver food, fuel, and weapons, while Ukrainian guerrillas place bombs on the rails to detonate them.

Railbombs stop a Russian 'Z' armored tank carrying fuel and weapons
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Ukrinform reported on May 19 that Ukrainian guerrillas have stopped the movement of the Russian armored train, which is constantly moving between Melitopol and Crimea. This armored rail vehicle performed the functions of protection, surveillance of the territory, and transporting personnel, equipment, and ammunition.

The Zaporizhzhia regional administration officially commented on the explosion of an armored train in Melitopol. The commentary noted that the Russian military had not recently recruited railway workers to service the railway lines for access to the temporarily occupied territories. At the same time, they continue to operate them with overload, which leads to accelerated wear of the tracks, so that sometimes they do not last and fail.

“As a result of such negligence in Melitopol, the tracks were in poor condition. For representatives of the Resistance Movement of the Zaporizhzhia region, it was enough to put explosions that would damage the rails. As a result, a train carrying ammunition from Russia’s temporarily annexed Crimea derailed, and several cars overturned. The ammunition in the cars was detonated,” said a source from the Zaporizhzhia region.

Railbombs stop a Russian 'Z' armored tank carrying fuel and weapons
Photo: Ukrinform

The adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Alexei Arestovich also confirmed that the routes of the armored train were mined and blown up. It is also reported that two Russian army cranes are currently operating at the site.

We remind you that in Melitopol and the region continues to operate guerrilla units of the Resistance Movement under the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the Central Intelligence Agency of Ukraine, the guerrillas in the Melitopol region have neutralized about 100 Russian servicemen.

What armored train is used by the Russian army

Since the beginning of March, an armored train of 10 cars has been moving in the southern part of Ukraine in the direction of Melitopol-Crimea. It was brought here from the Far East of Russia. There it was used by the Soviet army during the confrontation between the USSR and China.

Immediately after arriving in Ukraine, the armored train was filmed and photos and videos were posted online by locals. These shots show armored cars, platforms with anti-aircraft guns, and camouflage around the carriages used in the special trains “Amur” and “Baikal”. On top of the camouflage is the letter ‘Z’.

Railbombs stop a Russian 'Z' armored tank carrying fuel and weapons
Photo: Raillynews

According to military experts, the armored train has more historical than military value, as it is very old and weak equipment, armed only with anti-aircraft guns. The Russian military uses a train to transport ammunition and personnel. They even transported foreigners from Kherson to Crimea, who decided to leave the territory of hostilities.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

PARM off-route mine
Photo: Defence-Blog

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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