The Mogilev branch of the Belarusian Railways sent a fire-fighting train consisting of eight tank cars and a pumping station car to the Unecha station of the Moscow Railways, a division of Russian Railways, in the early hours of 27 January.

The Community of Railway Workers of Belarus announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

According to the Community of Railway Workers of Belarus, the fire-fighting was sent to Russia within the framework of the unified system of technical support for the railways of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which was developed before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This measure is intended as insurance against fresh attacks on critical infrastructure in Russia by the Ukrainian armed forces in response to Russia's military aggression.

"The frequency of such sabotage operations on the territory of Russia has increased significantly recently, and the rescue and recovery vehicles of Russian Railways involved in extinguishing fires seem unable to cope with the increased workload," the statement said.

According to the statement, the Belarusian Railways firefighting equipment sent to Moscow Railways is expected to remain there for a long time to ensure prompt response to fire outbreaks if necessary.

Moscow Railways currently has 27 fire-fighting trains, and Russian Railways has about 300 such trains, the statement said.

As reported earlier, Ukrainian drones attacked the Novatek plant in the port of Ust-Luga on the Baltic Sea in January. It took a day and a half to extinguish the resulting fire. Drones have also attacked Russia's only refinery on the Black Sea coast (near the port of Tuapse) and a refinery in Yaroslavl.