The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) has evacuated 3.8 million people and transported 160,000 tons of humanitarian aid since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Ukrzaliznytsia’s Board Chairman Oleksandr Kamyshin announced this at a press conference on the work of the company’s management in the past year, the CFTS portal reports.
"With the advent of war, we had to become a support for the state and we did it. We have actually become a second army that is armed with help for everyone who needs it," he said.
Kamyshin expressed the opinion that regular special train services for foreign delegations, which are called "Railway Diplomacy," is a significant contribution to Ukraine’s coming victory.
"We have successfully transported more than 160 delegations to Ukraine and back. Even if you look at the G7 summit, 8 out of the 10 delegates traveled by rail. We believe that ‘Railway Diplomacy’ is bringing us closer to victory," he stated.
Kamyshin also noted another humanitarian initiative: the construction of the "Iron Town" by Ukrzaliznytsia in Irpen, where 74 people who lost their homes as a result of hostilities live.