: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia Forges Ahead With New Southern Rail Bypass of Ukraine

On September 21, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree to construct a railway line allowing trains in southern Russian to bypass Ukrainian territory. The new 75-mile double-track electrified railway will replace the existing one, 16 miles of which traverses Ukraine’s war-torn Luhansk region. Several short stretches of rail lines linking Moscow to southern Russia currently cut through Ukrainian territory multiple times, exiting and reentering Russia’s Voronezh and Rostov oblasts, a situation that the new bypass will remedy. Building the bypass is already well underway, with 60 percent of the groundwork completed. The new railway is expected to be …read more

Source: The Jamestown Foundation

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