Ukraine claims railway sabotage attacks in Russia’s Siberia

December 02, 2023

KYIV, Ukraine: Ukraine claimed on Friday to have orchestrated attacks on a Russian railway line in Siberia, thousands of kilometres from the frontline, in the latest reported sabotage incidents inside Russian territory.

Russian authorities have reported a number of attacks on transport infrastructure since it launched full-scale hostilities in Ukraine in February last year, occasionally pointing the finger at Kyiv.

“The Russians have fallen into the SBU´s trap twice -- another fuel train has exploded on the Baikal-Amur railway,” a source in Ukrainian law enforcement agencies told AFP, referring to the SBU security services.

A file photo showing a Ukraine Security Service (SBU) serviceman standing in front of the entrance of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kyiv on November 22, 2022. —AFP File

The source said the alleged attack on Friday was a follow-up to an initial explosion on Wednesday night involving a train transiting the remote region of Buryatia.

There was no immediate response from the Russian side to the latest incident, but Moscow confirmed a train crew earlier this week had spotted smoke in a fuel tank and called firefighters to the scene.