The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) has launched a pilot project involving protection of the company’s passenger trains on the move by the company’s own paramilitary security guards.

This was announced by Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklyi, the CFTS portal reports.

During the first phase of the project, about 40 paramilitary security guards will accompany the following 10 passenger trains: Mariupol-Kyiv train No. 10/9; Kyiv-Uzhhorod train No. 29/30; Kyiv-Zaporizhia train No. 38/37; Kyiv-Truskavets train No. 49/50; Kharkiv-Kyiv train No. 63/64; Dnipro-Kyiv train No. 79/80; Lviv-Kyiv train No. 92/91; Kyiv-Kherson train No. 102/101; Odesa-Kyiv train No. 106/105; Kyiv-Pokrovsk train No. 136/135.

The company plans to broaden the list of trains and increase the number of security guards in the future.

"All the paramilitary security guards will be provided with special uniforms with insignia, and they will receive instructions before each trip. Ukrzaliznytsia will also continue to equip passenger cars with security cameras. A third of passenger cars are currently equipped with security cameras. They are all high-speed trains, newly built carriages, and overhauled carriages," the minister said.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklyi said that it was necessary to consider the possibility of resuming deployment of security police on Ukrzaliznytsia’s night trains after a passenger was assaulted on a Mariupol-Kyiv train.