According to Russian media, Ukraine is preparing to end the railway passenger communication with Russia tentatively since July 1.
Supplemented with the commentary of Ukrzaliznytsia and the Minister of Infrastructure
From July 1, Kiev plans to completely stop the railway passenger communication with the Russian Federation. This is reported by the publication Kommersant, referring allegedly to several informed sources in the Ukrainian capital.
The cargo transportation was canceled last week by the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) – simultaneously with the introduction of sanctions against legal entities and individuals of the Russian Federation, as well as the blocking of Russian social networks and postal services.
“Ukraine is preparing to stop the railway passenger communication with Russia tentatively from July 1,” a source in Kommersant reported. According to him, the pretext for such a decision will be the unwillingness of the Russian Railways (RZD) “to stop passenger transportation to Russia from the ATU zone and, in particular, from Donetsk, which violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
In the “Ukrzaliznytsya” Kommersant was not confirmed, but also did not refute the preparation of the ban on the passenger message, stating: “No decision on this matter at this time has been made.” In the RZD said that they did not receive from Ukraine any documents on the termination of passenger traffic from Russia.
This morning the UZ press service reported that their trains run to Russia according to schedule. “Now in Russia 9 passenger trains run” Ukrzaliznytsia “, – added to the US.
And the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan in the comments of the BBC Ukraine stated that the government has not yet considered the issue of a possible termination of the railway communication with Russia.
“Now, the termination of the railway or bus communication between Ukraine and Russia was not considered by our government,” Omelyan said.
As reported, on September 25, 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, in accordance with the decision of the National Security and Defense Council, decided to ban flights of Russian airlines. The ban began to operate from October 25. The basis for this decision was repeated violations by Russian air carriers of a ban on flights to the occupied Crimea. Also on November 26, 2015, the ban on transit flights for all Russian airlines through the territory of Ukraine, introduced by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine within the framework of the implementation of sanctions against the aggressor country, came into effect. May 18, 2017 “Ukrzaliznytsya” imposed a ban on cargo transportation, including the transit through the territory of Ukraine wagons of a number of Russian railway operators.