The BUK TELAR transported on a lowloader by a Volvo truck took an illogical route from the Russian border via Donetsk and then back to Pervomaisk.
After the launch of the missile the BUK TELAR was loaded on the lowloader and took an illogical route via Luhansk back to Russia.
The route taken is not the shortest. What could be the reason for the detour? It is not known, at least not to the public.
A reason could be this route was to avoid obstacles like narrow bridges, weight restricted bridges, low hanging gas pipes or a low road bridge.
This photo shows an example of a gaspipe crossing the road near Makeyevka on the road where the truck was spotted by a Digital Globe satellite. The pipe is at 5 meters height. The BUK TELAR on lowloader including missiles is around 4,60 – 4,70 meters in height.