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Ukraine railroad blown up, Russian train derailed (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: June 23, 2014 03:42
Edited time: June 23, 2014 08:22

The Donetsk Region, Ukraine, June 22, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov)

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The railroad tracks in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region have been blown up as a freight train belonging to Russian Railways was passing by. Fourteen freight cars were derailed in what railroad staff believe was a planned explosion.

The blast happened Sunday evening, damaging the railroad tracks on a stretch between the Donetsk Region towns of Ilovaisk and Kuteinikovo, in eastern Ukraine, Russian Railways said in a statement.

The blast happened after the train passed a mined area. The blast was so strong that 14 cargo cars were derailed.

“We were moving from Ilovaisk to Martsevo [Rostov Region, Russia]. At the 1,168-kilometer mark, we heard a sharp clap similar to an explosion,” Maksim Ustinov, the train driver, told Life News. “When we stopped the train, we saw that the freight cars were derailed.”

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The Donetsk Region, Ukraine, June 22, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov)

According to Russian Railways, the locomotive crew of the North Caucasian railway was not affected in the accident.

Meanwhile, personnel from Russian Railways believe the blast was planned. The explosive device was apparently prepared for several days and it might have taken several hours to fix the bomb.

“During further inspection of the train I found some wires running from trees to the railway tracks, the explosion site was resembling a crater,” Ustinov said.

The Donetsk Region, Ukraine, June 22, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov)

The tracks are now being repaired by Ukrainian Railways staff, while trains have been redirected.

In the meantime, another blast occurred on the Ilovajsk-Mospino stretch, in the Donetsk Region, Ukrainian Railways said in a statement. Three railway sleepers and several were damaged in the blast.

The circumstances of the incidents are being investigated, the Ukrainian company said.

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The town of Ilovaisk is located 47 kilometers from the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, where Kiev has launched a massive military operation. The troops are using heavy weaponry, airplanes, choppers and armored vehicles in the eastern regions of the country, in an effort to defeat anti-government forces demanding federalization. The vast majority (over 90 percent) of Donetsk and Lugansk regions’ populations voted for self-rule in May referendums.

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The Donetsk Region, Ukraine, June 22, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov)

The town of Ilovaisk is located 47 kilometers from the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, where Kiev has launched a massive military operation. The troops are using heavy weaponry, airplanes, choppers and armored vehicles in the eastern regions of the country, in an effort to defeat anti-government forces demanding federalization. The vast majority (over 90 percent) of Donetsk and Lugansk regions’ populations voted for self-rule in May referendums.

According to the latest UN report, at least 356 people, including 257 civilians, have been killed in the violence since the beginning of the “anti-terrorist” military campaign in Ukraine’s eastern regions of Lugansk and Donetsk.

The Donetsk Region, Ukraine, June 22, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov)

The Donetsk Region, Ukraine, June 22, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov)

Comments (72)

 

Marcus 27.06.2014 23:42

Ukraine, the new Syria. Terrorism, civil war and US intervention.

 

Regula 25.06.2014 10:55

Dobrean Otilia 23.06.2014 16:54

All I see is a derailed (empty) ore containers...Russia is so scared of the West imposing sanctions, they make themselves look as headless chickens to the World....hahaha! Respect at bare minimum while Vlad the Dwarf is returning Russia to Soviet days!

  


You seem very blind, Dobra Otilia. Putin is holding back to prevent WW3 - not because he is a chicken. The whole purpose of this war on eastern Ukraine is to lure Russia into intervening in Ukraine, to give the US/Nato a cause to attack and destroy Russia - and Ukraine.

 

Allen Victor Cox 24.06.2014 04:53

The situation is getting worse and just how long do this Poroshenko lot think they can continue Bombing and Destroying homes of Ethnic Russians/Ukrainians without retaliation? Trying to kill women and children fleeing the Bomings?
Fascist are in Control carrying out Atrocities like they did to Trade Union Building inside Odessa how about Justice for Victims Poroshenko?
swee ping this under a rug will not make it go away!
You cannot expect people to be respecting you if you do USA have a Great deal to Answer for what they have carried out inside Ukraine!

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