"If the Donetsk Railway’s average daily loading volume remains at the same level, it will lead to a reduction of UAH 968 million in revenue in the third quarter of 2014. If the situation does not improve, the loading volume on the Donetsk Railway may fall by 44% in the third quarter,” said Dmytro Yahello, an analyst with CFTS Consulting.
In the third quarter of 2013, the average daily loading volume on the Donetsk Railway was 373,700 tons. In June 2014, the average daily loading volume on the Donetsk Railway was 372,000 tons of various types of cargo. In July, this figure fell to 315,000 tons (a 16% reduction compared with the average for the third quarter of 2013). In August, the average daily loading volume further reduced by half to only 153,000 tons (a 59% reduction compared with the third quarter of 2013).
The Donetsk Railway is currently unable to dispatch freight cars from more than 50 major freight stations because of destruction of infrastructure (bridges, overpasses, tracks, catenary networks, and others). Enterprises such as Rovenkiantratsit, the Komsomolets Donbasa coal mine, Sverdlovantratsit, Krasnodonugol, the Kolosnykivska central processing plant, the Alchevsk steel plant, the Nagolchanskaya central processing plant, the Luganskugol coal mine, and the Chervona Zirka central processing plant are located at these stations.