Russia Is Targeting Ukraine’s Vital Trains. But Trains, It Turns Out, Are Hard Targets.

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Russian and collaborationist officials periodically renew their pledge to destroy Ukrzaliznytsia, most recently in March. “The railways are crucial for the ... regime’s ability to redeploy forces,” Vladimir Rogov, a collaborator in Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia, told Russian state media. But Russia’s spy satellites can’t reliably track the movement of thousands of trains, even when the trains concentrate for a mass haul of Ukrainian troops. In March 2022, trains shifted three or four brigades a day without Russian spacecraft noticing, according to the Royal United Services Institute in London.