Damaged tracks in Ukraine

Ukrainian railway infrastructure targeted yet again

Twitter.com/Alexander Kamyshin Alexander Kamyshin via Twitter

Six train stations were targeted in western and centrally located parts of Ukraine, Ukrainian Railways chief Alexander Kamyshin wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. While there were no casualties, the damage to the rail infrastructure was “significant”, Kamyshin said.

The strikes disrupted railway traffic and led to at least 14 delays. Most delays, however, were resolved within the span of a day, Kamyshin reported.

The news came after the first Russian missile attack in western Ukraine in more than a week. On April 25, railway infrastructure was targeted and five railway stations came under fire. The Ukrainian armed forces command said at the time that the attacks were attempts by the Russians to “destroy the supply routes of military-technical assistance from partner states … To do this, they focus strikes on railway junctions”.

On Monday, Kamyshin said the bridge over Dniester Liman connecting Odessa and Besserabia had come under artillerie fire for the third time in quick succession. Last weekend, Ukrainian Railways fended off distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on its servers, Kamyshin added. The Ukrainian Railways chief also shared images of damaged rolling stock in the besieged city of Mariupol, revealing extensive damage.

In more upbeat news, Hollywood actress, director and UNHCR envoy Angelina Jolie visited the Lviv train station last week to take stock of the evacuation efforts.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Former Chief Editor of RailTech.com

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