The launch of a train on the route Uzhhorod-Kosice (Slovakia) is part of the plans for development of international rail services in the short term, the Ukrainian State Migration Service’s head Maksym Sokoliuk said in an interview with the European Pravda publication, the CFTS reports.
"We – of course, I am referring to Ukraine and not the migration service – have launched a Kyiv-Przemysl train with border controls being performed while the train is in motion. By the way, the occupancy of the train is excellent, as far as I know. This is only the beginning. The process of launching routes from Volyn to Chelm, from Mukacheve to Budapest, and from Uzhhorod to Kosice has already begun," he said.
As the CFTS earlier reported, the Ministry of Infrastructure intends to launch a new train from Ukraine to Slovakia. However, the ministry has not specified a particular city in Slovakia. “We are considering a route to Slovakia. In recent decades, it just happened that our ‘Train Number 1’ traveled to Moscow, but it should travel to Europe and we are fighting for that," Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian said earlier this year.
In addition, the board chairman of the Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia), Wojciech Balczun, announced in late December last year that negotiations were already underway to establish a rail link between Mukacheve and Budapest.