Ukrzaliznytsia prevents attempt to destroy critical railway infrastructure
Ukrzaliznytsia and the security service of Ukraine (SBU) prevented an attack on the railways in the Dnipropetrovsk region and detained one person, now facing life imprisonment. According to the railway company, the accused individual attempted to blow up the railway in an attempt to sabotage the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian armed forces.
The most intriguing part of the story is that the detained person was a Ukrzaliznytsia employee working in the local office. SBU claims that the individual was recruited by a “staff member of the Russian military intelligence” with the “mission to “collect information about the transportation and unloading locations of foreign military equipment”. They add that the accused individual also “fixed the coordinates of railway stations and bridges and filmed the objects in detail on the camera of his mobile phone” so that they could be utilised for potential air strikes.
Other than that, business as usual
The risk of being exposed to life-threatening situations has become a gruesome reality for Ukrzaliznytsia and its personnel. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian company keeps pushing through the difficulties just like it has done since day one of the Russian invasion. In fact, it’s doing more than that.
According to the latest data, Ukrzaliznytsia has seen a surge in its rail freight business. Rail freight volumes in June so far have experienced a 45,7 per cent increase compared to the same period last year and a 12 per cent increase compared to the corresponding period in May. Rail exports have also surged by 50,8 per cent when compared to the same period last year and by 19,5 when compared to May.
The top volume products are construction materials, hard coal, grain and grinding products, manganese and iron ore. Grain transport has substantially increased compared to last year–71,2 per cent. At the same time, it also increased by 24 per cent compared to May. Respectively, grain exports by rail increased 2,3 times compared to last June, with 849,9 thousand tons finding their way out of Ukraine. Compared to May, grain exports are also higher by 54,3 per cent.