The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested a 52-year-old Belarusian citizen in Omsk Oblast who allegedly blew up trains with oil products on the Baikal-Amur railway line at the end of November.
Source: Russian RBC with reference to the Russian FSB
Details: The FSB claimed that the detainee confessed.
The man, allegedly following the instructions of another 42-year-old Belarusian citizen living in Lithuania and operating under the control of the Ukrainian Special Services, took out eight explosive devices from a hiding place, delivered them in a personal car to Buryatia and planted them on the tanks of freight trains.
The FSB clarified that the detainee blew up trains with petroleum products that were headed along the Tayshet – Tynda and Tayshet – Neryungri routes on 29 and 30 November in Buryatia.
When they were passing through the Severomuysky Tunnel and bypassing the Baikal-Amur railway line, the planted explosive devices went off, causing the tanks with fuel and lubricants to catch fire.
The FSB added that the detainee’s involvement in other sabotage activities on the Russian territory is being investigated.
- The Baikal-Amur Mainline was hit by an explosion on the night of 29-30 November in the Severomuysky Tunnel named after Vladimir Bessolov, in Buryatia, Russia. This is the only major railway connection between Russia and China. Russia uses this route for military supplies and other things now.
- Another fuel train exploded in Russia on the Baikal-Amur railway line the next night.
- Ukrainska Pravda's sources confirmed that both explosions were a special operation by Ukraine's Security Service.