Russian missile fire targeted rail infrastructure across Ukraine on Tuesday night, wreaking havoc across the network, in one of the largest long-range bombardments since the invasion of Moscow began on Feb. 24.
Russia fired 18 cruise missiles at eight regions of Ukraine, including the western city of Lviv where they destroyed or severely damaged three electrical substations supplying the railway network, according to Ukrainian authorities.
The Ukrainian Air Force said the missiles were mainly fired from bombers over the Caspian Sea. Several of them were intercepted by Ukrainian air defenses.
“In order to destroy Ukraine’s transport infrastructure, the Russian enemy fired missiles at facilities in Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Vinnytsia, kyiv, Zakarpattia, Odessa and Donetsk oblasts,” the armed forces said. Ukrainians.
Nearly 50 trains were delayed for several hours following the attacks.
Russia has recently stepped up its missile attacks on rail infrastructure, including a strike last month on the Kramatorsk railway station in eastern Ukraine that killed more than 50 people, and the targeting of five stations along the last week.
Ukrainian officials said Tuesday’s attacks were aimed at disrupting the flow of weapons from Western donors to the country.
New supplies of longer-range weapons are essential to help Ukrainian forces counter Russian advances in the far eastern and southern regions of the country where Moscow has focused its efforts of late.
Ukraine’s railways have proven to be a vital lifeline over the past two months, evacuating millions of civilians, shipping supplies and bringing international leaders to Kyiv to show solidarity with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Russian and Ukrainian military claims cannot be independently verified.