The Ministry of Infrastructure will spend more than EUR 50 million out of a total loan of EUR 500 million from Germany on restoration of the transport infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the ministry announced in a statement.
Deputy Infrastructure Minister Mykola Snitko discussed this issue with representatives of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the German embassy in Ukraine in the Ministry of Infrastructure on 2 October.
"Provision of credit funds by the German government for restoration of infrastructure in the Donbas is stipulated in an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding [that was signed in April 2015]. The plans of the Ministry of Infrastructure include purchase of two mobile traction substations necessary for restoration of the railway infrastructure in the areas of eastern region of the country that are under the control of the Ukrainian authorities. Restoration of railways will allow withdrawal of rolling stock and transportation of goods from the region, particularly coal, which is needed for preparation of Ukrainian power plants for the winter," the statement says.
In addition, the Ukrainian side proposed using part of the funds to finance restoration and modernization of locomotives of the series 2TE116. These are specifically the locomotives that Ukraine plans to use to transport goods from the Donbas. The participants in the meeting agreed to prepare a detailed costing of the repair work and submit it to the German side. Both sides will monitor the use of the funds.