The United Kingdom’s intelligence services indicated this Friday that Thursday’s derailment of a train registered in the Crimea peninsula could affect the supply of weapons and supplies to the Black Sea Fleet in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine.
Authorities established by Russia in the peninsula after its annexation in 2014 confirmed that the derailed freight train was carrying grain and attributed it to “interference by unauthorized persons” with railway infrastructure. Thus, traffic between Simferopol and Sevastopol was cut off.
“Russia will work to quickly restore the line, but the incident will disrupt supplies and potentially weapons deliveries to the Black Sea Fleet, such as Kalibr cruise missiles,” British intelligence services said in a statement. Through his account on the United Kingdom social network Twitter.
In this sense, he has stressed that “any sabotage in this sensitive area will further fuel concern about the Kremlin’s ability to protect other key infrastructure in Crimea.” He stressed, “When it comes to allowing Russia’s war in Ukraine, the peninsula has an important role to play on a psychological and logistical level.”
The Russian government, which has controlled Crimea since 2014, has condemned several alleged sabotage attempts on railway infrastructure in recent months. Kiev, for its part, insists on gaining sovereignty over the region, which it considers an annexation territory similar to many in eastern Ukraine.