On the afternoon of March 8, a video of the occupiers’ “armored train” traveling by rail toward Russian-occupied Melitopol appeared on social media. The frankly archaic arrangement of such tool of Russia’s aggression has astonished many experts and even made humorous remarks. The media pointed out that two such hopelessly outdated tools of warfare were still in Russia’s arsenal in its Far East.
At the same time, in the evening of March 8, the occupiers began distributing videos of this “armored train” allegedly carrying out an “humanitarian evacuation” of third-country nationals from the towns of occupied Southern Ukraine. At the same time, according to the occupiers themselves, and as it was confirmed by the videos they spread, the “armored train” recorded in the afternoon of March 8 near Melitopol arrived in the late evening of same date with the “evacuees” at the Armyansk railway station in the Crimea.
At the same time, there is no direct railway connection between Melitopol and Armyansk, and the only possible route for the “armored train” was to be an inactive branch, which passes through Sirogozy, Kakhovka, Snihurivka, Kherson. Thus at least near Snihurivka of the Mykolaiv Region fighting is conducted now, and near Kherson the specified branch suffered during fighting certain damages. Thus, the real purpose of the armored train’s visit to the occupied South of Ukraine was, of course, not evacuation, but checking the capacity of the seized railway sections for military usage, including the transfer of troops, equipment and fuel between the fronts near Zaporizhia and Mykolayiv.
At the same time, foreigners and children captured by the aggressor State, were used by him as hostages during reconnaissance operations for military purposes. Thus, the “visit of an armored train” from the Crimea became another war crime of the aggressor in the South of Ukraine.