From 11 December, the company «Russian Railways» has converted passenger long-distance trains on the new railway bypassing the territory of Ukraine. About it reports «RIA Novosti».
The transition lasted a day, after which all Russian trains ceased to operate on the Ukrainian land.
The railroad began to build on the zhuravka – Millerovo in the Rostov and Kaliningrad regions in 2014. Construction work was completed in August 2017, said the «Russian Railways». September 20 the Railways has launched regular freight train traffic on the line zhuravka – Millerovo.
«The new iron road length of 137 km passes through the territory of the Voronezh and Rostov regions. The road is electrified, double-track throughout; it was built seven new train stations… Final commissioning and opening of passenger trains on the line is scheduled for late fall of 2017,» – said the Russian Railways.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev by the decree of September 18, 2016 No. 1832-R approved the proposed by the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation changes in the sphere of Federal transport, in particular the construction of a new railway section zhuravka – Millerovo, which will allow trains from the Northern and Central regions of Russia to the South, bypassing Ukraine via Voronezh and Rostov region. Sokolov said that put into operation the railway will provide Russia’s «independence from the border of neighboring Ukraine».
The former head of Ukrzaliznytsia Oleksandr zavhorodniy said that the railroad built in Russia to bypass Ukraine, will not bring damage to the Ukrainian railway company. According to him, the branch, in question, took place on the border between the two countries ever since 1991 was not in service «ukrzal_znits .». The land along with the property was leased to the Railways for 49 years.
Russia has allowed all trains to bypass Ukraine 11.12.2017