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A Russian military armored train now appears to be taking an active part in the fighting in Ukraine. Video emerged on social media today reportedly showing the train arriving in the southern Ukrainian city of Melitopol after having departed from a yard on the Crimean Peninsula.
Original article byat thedrive.com
It’s unclear exactly where or when this video was shot. However, the train is adorned with “Z” markings that some Russian forces have been using for identification purposes during operations in Ukraine. Zs and other symbols had started appearing on Russian military vehicles staged around the country’s borders with Ukraine in the leadup to the invasion.
From what we can see in the video, the train has two diesel locomotives and eight railcars of various types. The lead locomotive is sandwiched between two specialized armored rail cars, with the one behind being armed with a pair of ZU-23 twin-barrel 23mm automatic cannons, which can be used against low-flying aircraft and targets on the ground. The resolution of the video makes it hard to tell what kind of payload the lead car is carrying, but it may be vehicles of some kind, which could provide firepower of different types.
Behind this trio in front is a boxcar, a passenger car, a flatbed car, two more armored railcars, the second locomotive, and another flatbed trailing at the end. The flatbed in the middle appears to be carrying a large cargo of some kind under wraps, while the one at the end looks to be empty.
It’s not clear how many of these trains, which were originally put into service during the Soviet era, the Russian military has in operation today. At least four have seen some degree of use in the post-Soviet period, including during previous conflicts in Chechyna and Georgia.
The video below shows a Russian armored train taking part in an exercise in 2016.