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Ukrainian Railways operate in emergency mode

Image: Wikimedia Commons. Kamil Korecz

The Ukrainian Railways have entered the emergency operation mode and coordinate all actions through their operational headquarters in collaboration with the government. The operational headquarters were established to ensure the continuation of services under the unique conditions of a war zone – a status that Ukraine seems to have acquired since the early morning of 24 February.

From around 5 a.m. on 24 February, the situation between Ukraine and Russia has escalated. Russian military forces have launched attacks on multiple fronts in Ukraine, while the Ukrainian president declared martial law in the country.

Nevertheless, the Ukrainian Railways reassure the public that they carry on with their operations which will be monitored from their operational headquarters to ensure passenger and cargo safety during these dark hours.

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Railways meet the challenges

“We are a company that provides critical transport infrastructure. We have to transport passengers safely and on time and ensure the transportation of goods at all times. As of today, we will work from our Operational Headquarters, which will be coordinated with the Government, the National Security and Defense Council and other bodies,” announced the company on its official website.

At the same time, Ukrzaliznytsia’s representatives stressed that operations will continue unhindered while the company will also assist in military tasks. “The company continues to work on schedule. I thank all my fellow railroad workers for their coordinated work, which guarantees the work of the economy and ensures the country’s defence capabilities. With the help of the discipline and coherence of the railways, we will meet all the challenges,” commented Oleksandr Kamyshin, chairman of Ukrzaliznytsia.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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