Ukraine Strikes Again: How a Second Bombing on Putin’s Rail Line Could Disrupt His War Plans

Christian Baghai
4 min readDec 1, 2023

Ukraine has escalated its covert war against Russia by bombing Putin’s longest railway line deep inside his territory for the second time in two days, according to reports. The attacks, which targeted freight trains carrying fuel and munitions from North Korea, could have a significant impact on Russia’s ability to sustain its offensive in Ukraine.

The latest bombing occurred on Thursday in Buryatia, a region in Russia’s far east, about 4,000 miles from Moscow and near the border with China. A video posted on social media showed a massive explosion and fire engulfing a 50-tanker train, filled with diesel and aviation fuel, as it passed through a forested area. A second blast then hit another train nearby, leaving four tanks burnt out and fuel spilling on the ground.

Russian authorities confirmed the incident and said it was a “terrorist attack” carried out by “foreign agents”. They did not name any suspects, but security sources told The Sun that Ukrainian secret services were behind the operation.

The bombing came just a day after another attack on the same cross-country railway line at the ten-mile-long Severomuyskiy Tunnel, which is the longest rail tunnel in Russia and a vital link between Russia and China. The tunnel was reportedly damaged by a powerful explosion that cut off the main supply route for Russian troops and weapons heading to the frontlines in Ukraine.

The attacks are part of a covert campaign by Ukraine to disrupt and sabotage Russia’s war efforts, as the conventional military balance is heavily in favor of Moscow. Ukraine has been struggling to defend its territory since Russia launched a full-scale invasion in February 2022, following years of proxy warfare and hybrid threats. The war has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions more, while triggering a humanitarian crisis and a diplomatic standoff between Russia and the West.

One of the key factors that has enabled Russia to wage war against Ukraine is its access to foreign weapons and supplies, especially from North Korea. Pyongyang has been a loyal ally of Moscow since the Cold War and has provided it with artillery shells, rockets, missiles, drones, and other military hardware