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Ukraine Suspends Railway Communications With the Crimea
December 27, 2014 11:49


 Ukraine has decided to suspend railway communications with the Crimea: from December 27 the trains of “Ukrzaliznytsya” (Ukrainian Railways) moving in the direction of the peninsula will bring passengers only to cross-border stations, and freight transportations will be stopped cold.

The trains from the Crimea to Moscow are also banned. The representative of “Ukrzaliznytsya” says that this decision is due to security measures, without explaining how long the adopted Convention will be effective. For the safety of its passengers “Ukrzaliznytsya” limits the routes of the trains of Crimean directions to the stations Novoalekseevka and Kherson from December 27, as the message of the Ukrainian railway says.

We are talking about the trains coming from the Ukrainian cities to Simferopol and Sevastopol. In addition, three international trains from the Crimea to Moscow and Minsk and back will be canceled. The message of “Ukrzaliznytsya” notes that the passengers who decide to cancel their trips will be able to get money back in full. All freight railway communications between Ukraine and the Crimea also became banned from December, 27.

It proved to be impossible for “Kommersant” to receive any further clarification from “Ukrzaliznytsya”, they failed also to establish contact with the representative of the Crimean Railway (CR). Until now 12 trains connected Ukraine and the Crimea (they circulated mostly every other day): from the cities of Ukraine to Simferopol and Sevastopol and from Yalta and Simferopol to Moscow. According to “Ukrzaliznytsya”, the passenger traffic has decreased by 2.7 times during 11 months of the year 2014 – down to 1.2 million people. As “Kommersant” reported earlier, the Crimean Railway was going to compensate for losses incurred in connection with the refusal of “Ukrzaliznytsya” to transfer the money to the enterprise for Ukrainian trains moving through the peninsula, via the introduction of an additional fee for shippers and passengers.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: sanctions Crimea    

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