Explosion Batters Military Transport Rails Between Russia and Belarus

10/24/22

Aportion of a railway linking Russia to Belarus was damaged by an explosive device Monday night, according to a report from Russia state-owned news source RIA Novosti.

According to the report, the explosion blew up parts of the track between the Russian towns of Novozybkiv and Zlinka in the Bryansk region, which borders Belarus and Ukraine to its west and south, respectively.

The monitoring group Belarusian Gayun tweeted photos of the blast and said the railway was “actively used for military transport between Russia and Belarus.”

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Explosion Batters Military Transport Rails Between Russia and Belarus

BY KAITLIN LEWIS ON 10/24/22 AT 7:04 PM EDT00:47

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Aportion of a railway linking Russia to Belarus was damaged by an explosive device Monday night, according to a report from Russia state-owned news source RIA Novosti.

According to the report, the explosion blew up parts of the track between the Russian towns of Novozybkiv and Zlinka in the Bryansk region, which borders Belarus and Ukraine to its west and south, respectively.

The monitoring group Belarusian Gayun tweeted photos of the blast and said the railway was “actively used for military transport between Russia and Belarus.”

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Alexander Bogomaz, governor of the Bryansk region, also posted about the explosion on his Telegram account, and said that while the tracks were damaged, no casualties had been reported. It is unclear at this time who is responsible for the blast.

Ukrainians clean up debris after a rocket attack in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, on October 23, 2022. On Monday, a railway that carries military equipment between Russia and its ally, Belarus, was damaged by an explosive device.BULENT KILIC/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The explosion was reported on the eight-month anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine war. Belarus has been an important ally for Russia even before its invasion of Ukraine, including allowing Russian troops to mount along its Ukrainian border in January and February.

Last week, Belarus announced that it was preparing for war on its home front by distributing weapons throughout the country. Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Vadym Sinyavskyi said the weapons are in place so citizens can “protect the motherland.”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced that there would be a joint regional grouping for both Belarusian and Russian troops in response to “increased tensions on its western borders.” On Friday, the British Ministry of Defense said Belarus “likely maintains minimum capacity” to join Russian forces in the war against Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a video briefing Monday night that Ukraine has continued to “break” the Russian army after eight months of war, calling the Russian military a “beggar” for relying on weapons from Iran.

Zelensky also acknowledged that Ukraine will have to continue to fight during the winter months, which are anticipated to push the Ukraine military to its limits during what Zelensky said will be the “most difficult” winter in Ukraine’s history.

The Ukrainian president told his viewers during the address that the country would have to continue “to maintain the maximum mobilization of our partners for the sake of the struggle for freedom and not allow our common enemy to split the global pro-democracy coalition.”

“This is what we do, all Ukrainians, Europeans, all people of the world who value freedom,” Zelensky added.

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4 comments

  1. This strike could’ve been planned better. It should have derailed a train, at least. However, it’s nice to know that the partisans are still at work, despite Draconian punishment if caught.

    “Zelensky also acknowledged that Ukraine will have to continue to fight during the winter months…”

    I don’t understand all the talk about winter. Many wars were fought in winter. This one will be no exception, although it would have been fabulous if it could be ended by before then.

    • The Ukrainians are better prepared for winter than the Nazis are. people want to credit “General Winter” for being a decisive thing against the Ukrainians. They will be fighting on their own soil, in their own climate. The talk about winter is just that, talk. It will make little difference to Ukraine.

  2. Each season has it’s pros and cons but armed forces adapt and still manage to fight in all four of them. Though it will be very challenging, I agree that the AFU will be much better prepared for winter warfare than the orc horde will be.

    • In particular, when they don’t even have proper first aid kits, much less proper winter clothing.

What is your opinion?