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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Kiev Might Halt Passenger Train Service to Russia from 1 July


Citing sources in Kiev, Kommersant reported that the Ukraine might halt passenger train service to Russia from 1 July. According to a Ukrainian government source, the excuse for this would be RZD‘s reluctance “to stop passenger transportation to Russia from the ATO zone and, in particular, from Donetsk, which violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukraine”. At present, elektrichka* service exists between Donetsk and Taganrog. Kommersant learned from Ukrzaliznitsya (State Administration of Railway Transport):

There’s no decision on this matter now.

In turn, RZD told Kommersant:

We didn’t receive any documents from Kiev on terminating passenger traffic.

Kommersant noted:

Neither Kiev or Moscow would officially confirm plans to suspend passenger rail service, however, Ukrainian interlocutors insisted that Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (SNBOU) Secretary A V Turchinov and Verkhovnaya Rada Ukrainy Chairman A V Paruby “actively lobby” such a decision. Ukrainian President P A Poroshenko increasingly supports their hardline viewpoints.

  • elektrichka: Russian slang for commuter-type passenger trains powered by electric overhead catenary wires

25 May 2017

DONi Donbass News Agency


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