Putin rocked by May Day explosions after 'saboteurs' derail train carrying oil

An explosive device derailed a Russian freight train believed to be carrying oil and construction materials to the front line in Ukraine.

Video footage, apparently taken not long after the attack at around 10.20am local time today, shows several carriages on fire having run off the tracks in the Bryansk region in Russia, less than 40 miles from the border.

Later clips show the blaze being extinguished, with the carriages almost totally destroyed.

The route has previously been used for transporting military supplies to Russian forces fighting in Ukraine.

Local governor Alexander Bogomaz said there had been no injuries.

Russian authorities claim the border region, between Belarus to the west and Ukraine to the south, has witnessed repeated attacks since February of last year.

The explosion also comes as Alexander Drozdenko, governor of Leningrad Oblast, claimed on Telegram that a separate act of sabotage had destroyed key power lines outside of St Petersburg.

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Mr Drozdenko added in his statement that the FSB, Russia’s federal security service, were investigating the incident.

He did not say which group authorities believe to have been responsible.

More than 14 months after Russia launched its full-scale invasion, Ukraine is preparing to stage a significant counteroffensive against Putin’s forces with the aid of munitions, armoured vehicles and tanks supplied by Western allies.

The locomotive in the Bryansk region burned down completely. pic.twitter.com/HGfa4gmufO

Intelligence chief Major-General Kyrylo Budanov recently hinted Ukraine had been directly behind many of the acts of sabotage on Russian soil.

He said: ‘Much of this is no accident. Something is constantly on fire [in Russia]. Signalling equipment on railways, it lights up several times a day, on various highways constantly for two to three hours, sometimes five to six hours, traffic gets suspended.

‘Clearly it doesn’t just happen like this… I would put it this way: money works wonders.’

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