The State Overland Transport Safety Inspectorate (Ukrtransinspektsia) has banned bus services between mainland Ukraine and the Crimea from 26 December, the inspectorate announced on its website, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.

"To avoid endangering the lives and health of passengers in connection with the escalation of the situation in the Crimea and the invasion of the territory of Ukraine by armed groups and extremists and military aggression by the Russian Federation, Ukrtransinspektsia has sent letters to road transport operators and owners of bus stations, demanding that they stop selling tickets sales and transporting passengers on bus routes connecting the mainland with the Crimea from 26 December," the inspectorate said.

The heads of Ukrtransinspektsia’s territorial bodies are personally responsibility for bringing this information to road carriers and owners of bus stations.

As reported, the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia) has terminated the railway routes to the Crimea at the Novoalekseevka and Kherson train stations from 27 December in order to ensure transport safety. Trains departing from 27 December will end their journeys at these stations.