VIDEO: Russia Invades Crimea with Military Freight Trains

Russia’s military progression into Crimea has been heavily dependent on rail lines in the southeastern part of the peninsula.

Residents in those areas have captured video of trains loaded with Russian equipment moving west toward Simferopol, the Crimean capital .

Russia appears to be sending train loads of tanks, vehicles and other military equipment to Krasnodar Krai, a Russian peninsula between the Black Sea and Temyuk Bay. From there the train cars are loaded onto barges and floated across the Kerch Strait to Port Krym in Eastern Crimea.

This video below and the one at the top of this post were shot in Crimean town of Kerch. The one at the top was posted on March 14 and the one below on March 15.

The next video, also posted on March 15, was supposedly shot about 50 miles west of Kerch in the village of Lenine.

There are also videos of trains loaded with Russian equipment that appear to have been filmed inside Russia, near its mainland border with Ukraine. Russia says it is holding military exercises in this region.

The video below, posted on March 12, shows more than three dozen tanks and dozens of other vehicles on a train in the Belgorod, Russia, near the border with Ukraine.

We’ll continue to update this post as we find more videos.


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