SIMFEROPOL, December 28. /TASS/. Russia’s republican Crimea Transport Ministry has provided buses for passengers of trains going only to Ukrainian-Russian border checkpoints in the north of the republic, as the latter have to leave trains due to a ban Kiev authorities imposed on railway traffic with the peninsula.
People already had to be delivered from Novoalekseyevka, southern Ukraine’s Kherson Region on Sunday morning, republican Transport Minister Anatoly Tsurkin told reporters.
“Crimean carriers have delivered more than 200 passengers from a train bound from [eastern Ukraine] Kharkov to [central Crimean city] Simferopol in [Crimean city] Dzhankoi who arrived at 4.50am local time (2.50am GMT) at railway station Novoalekseyevka,” he said.
The minister added that passengers had already been delivered to a border checkpoint in Chongar. Meanwhile, people can take direct bus trips to Novoalekseyevka from Simferopol and Dzhankoi.
On December 26, the Ukrainian railway operator stated that delivery of trains to Crimea was halted “for security reasons” bound for Crimea to railway stations Novoalekseyevka and Kherson. Since December 27 trains have been going only to these stations.
About ten trains were running daily between Crimea and Ukraine, chief of the Crimean Railway Andrei Karakulkin told TASS earlier.
A train running from Crimea across the Kerch Strait keeps going.