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Tactical Triumph: Ukraine Destroys Rail Bridge Used for Ammo Transport, Hacks Russian Defense Servers

Ukraine Destroys Russian Railway Bridge in Samara Region
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Mar. 5 2024, Published 11:02 a.m. ET

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An explosion ripped through a railway bridge in the Samara region of Russia recently and caused significant damage after Ukrainian military intelligence determined enemy trains utilized the structure to transport deadly ammunition.

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The blast, which occurred over the Chapaevka River, led to the immediate suspension of all rail traffic in the area.

The Russian state-run news agency Tass reported that operational services noted a loud bang on the railway bridge around 5 a.m. Subsequently, train traffic was halted as a precautionary measure.

Following the incident, the local railway authority attributed the disruption to "illegal interference by unauthorized persons" in the railway transport operations, according to the Moscow Times.

Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence released a statement accusing Russia of utilizing the railroad route for transporting military cargo, including ammunition produced at the JSC Polymer factory in Chapaevsk.

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The GUR statement highlighted the severity of the damage inflicted on the railway bridge, which was rendered unusable and pointed out that the damage was caused by the detonation of its power structures.

This incident is part of a series of attacks on Russian railways by Ukraine since the onset of the conflict in February 2022. In previous instances, the GUR claimed responsibility for sabotaging railway infrastructure, including burning relay cabinets and targeting logistical facilities used by Russian troops.

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Meanwhile, on the same day, the GUR claimed to have successfully breached the servers of the Russian Defense Ministry, obtaining sensitive documents.

This cyber operation, reported by the Kyiv Independent, resulted in the acquisition of information security and encryption software used by the Russian Ministry of Defense, along with classified documents related to its operations.

This development follows previous cyberattacks by the GUR, including a DDoS attack on Russia's unmanned aerial vehicles program, which allegedly caused a "massive failure," Newsweek recently reported.

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