Russia made a 30-km defensive line crafted from 2,100 railroad cars

An imposing defensive barrier, stretching 30 kilometers and constructed with over two thousand railroad cars, has been erected by the Russians. This fascinating piece of information is provided by the analytic group, DeepState. This unbroken fortification follows along a railway track, originating from the station in Olenivka and extending to Volnovakha, employing around 2,100 diverse wagon types. 

Russia made a 30-km defensive line crafted from 2,100 railroad cars
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The construction of this colossal defensive structure is believed to have begun in July 2023. Intriguingly, it’s rumored that the rolling stock used for this vast project has been sourced from territories currently under temporary occupation. 

This type of fortification effectively forms a solid wall, delivering formidable obstacles for any troops daring enough to make an advancement. It’s particularly resilient due to some parts of the railway being placed atop a high embankment, a design that ensures efficient load distribution on the soil. As a result, this defensive line is as close to a comprehensive protective bulwark as you can get.

30 km of metal is difficult to overcome

Addressing this challenge requires extensive engineering efforts such as disconnecting the carriages, moving them off the tracks, or shifting them to an alternate location. However, these engineering endeavors will likely elicit reactive tactics from Russian artillery. 

The DeepState team illustrates, “This complex engineering feat is difficult to evaluate in terms of effectiveness. But the intention is unmistakable – it presents a major obstruction to the forward momentum of the defense forces. It almost doubles as a separate defense line due to the herculean task of damaging, transferring, or detonating a massive 30-kilometer metal entity. Navigation equipment across such a barrier without clearing a passageway is simply unfeasible.”

Russia made a 30-km defensive line crafted from 2,100 railroad cars
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70-km anti-tank ditch

This isn’t the first instance where the Russians have undertaken massive defensive engineering projects in the context of a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine. In April 2023, it came to our attention that a continuous anti-tank trench, spanning 70 kilometers, had been constructed by the Russians in Zaporizhzhia. The trench ran from the Semenovka village to the settlement of Marinovka. has consistently reported about the fortification structures appearing in the temporarily occupied areas of Ukraine. Particularly in August 2023, their reports highlighted a noticeable increase in defensive measures near Zaporizhzhia’s major residential zones.

Workers dug a 70 km mega trench for the Russian army in Zaporozhye
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2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.


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