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Ukraine Strikes Strategic Bridge Deep Inside Russia

Ukraine announced that it targeted and detonated a critical bridge utilized by the Russian military deep within Russia’s Samara region on Monday.

The explosion, which occurred at the railway bridge over the Chapaevka river, disrupted rail traffic in the area, according to local authorities.

Bridge Hit in Early Morning Blast

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The Chapaevka river railway bridge in Samara was struck at approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, resulting in the suspension of rail operations in the region. Operational services confirmed the incident.

Pattern of Railway Attacks in Russia

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The explosion on the Chapaevka river bridge marks another instance in a series of railway attacks within Russia during its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Similar incidents have occurred previously, including explosions in Crimea’s Feodosia region and disruptions in rail traffic between Simferopol and Sevastopol.

Ukrainian Intelligence Claims Responsibility

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The Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) claimed responsibility for the attack via a post on Telegram.

The GUR stated that the bridge served as a transportation route for military cargo, including ammunition from the Polimer company in Chapaevsk, Samara Oblast.

Nature of Damage and Impact

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According to the GUR, the bridge sustained significant damage to its power structures, rendering it inoperable for an extended period.

Despite the explosion, no casualties were reported.

Confirmation By Russian Telegram Channel

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Russian Telegram channel Baza, often linked to Russia’s security services, reported on the incident.

It confirmed damage to the bridge’s metal structure and barrier but noted the concrete support was intact following the explosion.

Previous Sabotage Incidents in Ukraine

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The explosion adds to a string of sabotage incidents targeting railway infrastructure in Ukraine.

Notably, in March 2022, four students were arrested in Ufa for sabotaging railways, sparking a national security debate in Russia.

Medvedev’s Response to Railway Sabotage

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Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reacted strongly to the railway sabotage incidents, advocating for the reinstatement of the death penalty.

He labeled the perpetrators as “monsters,” saying that “saboteurs” were shot during World War II.

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