According to preliminary estimates, the damage to railway infrastructure in Ukraine as a result of the fighting in the east of the country is worth about UAH 900 million, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports, citing the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia.
According to the report, UAH 333.6 million is required for restoration of rail tracks and UAH 334.1 million for repair of catenary network and power supply infrastructure.
Railway stations, bridges, pedestrian crossings, overpasses, passenger and freight cars, locomotives, service buildings, and equipment have also been damaged as a result of the fighting. Meanwhile, some infrastructure have not yet been inspected because there is no access to them.
In the territories liberated from militants, railway workers are using their own resources to restore rail tracks temporarily, allowing trains to travel at limited speeds.
According to the report, about 190 damaged facilities on the Donetsk, Yuzhny, and Prydniprovskyi railways had not yet been repaired but railway workers had repaired others as of the beginning of September. In particular, eight of the 17 damaged engineering structures (bridges, pedestrian crossings, overpasses, etc.) have been restored. Ukrzaliznytsia has already spent more than UAH 36 million of its own funds on restoration of railway infrastructure.
The report noted that the repair and maintenance base for railway equipment has been damaged as a result of the fighting in eastern Ukraine.