About 900,000 passengers were transported by rail between Ukraine and Russia in 2017. As the Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) told the CFTS portal, these are five times fewer passengers than the number that was transported between the two countries in 2013.
At the same time, the trend of decreasing passenger traffic between Ukraine and Russia continues.
"About 454,000 passengers were transported between Ukraine and the Russian Federation during the first seven months of 2018. This is 89,100 passengers or 16.4% fewer than the number that was transported between the two countries in the same period of last year," Ukrzaliznytsia said.
As reported, Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian recently announced that the Ministry of Infrastructure had prepared a proposal to cut passenger rail links between Ukraine and Russia. This prompted mixed reaction in Ukraine.
Currently, 13 pairs of trains operate between Ukraine and Russia, including eight operated by Ukrzaliznytsia, three by Moldavian Railways, one by Russian Railways, and one by Azerbaijan Railways.