Service members of pro-Russian troops, including fighters of the Chechen special forces unit, stand in front of the destroyed administration building of Azovstal iron and steel works amid the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, April 21, 2022. (Reuters)
Ns News Online Desk: We’ve been bringing you updates on the reports of attacks on railway infrastructure in Ukraine, which Ukrainian officials say killed five people. Earlier, Ukraine said Russia was trying to disrupt supply lines for military equipment from foreign countries. Now Russia has confirmed that was the purpose of the attacks, according to Reuters.
The news agency is citing a statement from the Russian defense ministry, saying its missiles destroyed six facilities powering the railways that were used to supply Ukrainian forces with weapons from abroad.
Ukrainian officials said five railway stations in the center and west of the country came under attack within an hour this morning.
An electricity substation powering overhead lines in Krasne, near Lviv, was also hit in a missile strike. Ukraine’s military command has accused Russia of attacking the nation’s railway infrastructure in order to disrupt supply lines for military equipment from foreign countries.
“They are trying to destroy the supply routes of military-technical assistance from partner states. To do this, they focus strikes on railway junctions,” the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote, in a post on Facebook.
It follows Russian attacks on railway infrastructure in five locations in central and western Ukraine on Monday – with at least five people killed and 18 wounded in strikes on two towns in the Vinnytsia region.
Last month some 50 civilians – many of them trying to evacuate to safer locations – were killed by a Russian rocket attack on the railway station in Kramatorsk in the east of the country.