The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) has launched a service to the liberated town of Kupiansk.

Ukrzaliznytsia announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

A rail bus from Kharkiv embarked on its first trip to Kupiansk, in the north-east of Kharkiv region, on 3 November.

"This is Ukrzaliznytsia’s first combined service, with 95% of the route covered by train and the last mile from the Osynove roadside stop to Kupiansk covered by free shuttle buses provided by the local community. The restoration of the railway bridge that was blown up will take time, but we are not delaying; we are resuming traffic right now. This way, 60,000 people will have reliable service. We completed the restoration of this section literally in the past few days: we restored two shelled sections of track on Monday and repaired 49 damages on the way and restored (upgraded) over 70 kilometers of overhead cables," Ukrzaliznytsia’s head Oleksandr Kamyshin said.

The direct service No. 6605/6608 to the Osynove roadside stop will depart from the Kharkiv Passenger station every day at 06:15 and arrive at 09:50. The return service from Osynove will depart at 16:21 and arrive in Kharkiv at 19:35.

The fare is UAH 43.

In addition, the Osynove-Zanka shuttle train will run twice a day, offering the possibility of a convenient transfer to the Kharkiv-Levada station.