Ukrzaliznytsia evacuated 4 million people since start of full-scale invasion

5 November 2022, 04:32 PM
Ukrzaliznytsia transported more than 300,000 tons of humanitarian cargo (

Ukrzaliznytsia transported more than 300,000 tons of humanitarian cargo (

Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine's national railway operator, has evacuated 4 million people, including 1 million children, since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Chairman of Ukrzaliznytsia's board Oleksandr Kamyshin said on Nov. 4, at a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to mark Railway Workers Day.

The rail operator has also transported more than 200 diplomatic delegations, 300,000 tons of humanitarian goods, and 120,000 pets.

"When the war started, all railway workers from day one have been doing what we now call 'the backbone of the country's security,’” Kamyshin explained.

“More than 4 million people have been evacuated. (This includes) over a million children and over 120,000 pets. We were trying to save everyone and everything we could…The so-called 'railway diplomacy' has become good support for the president's diplomatic front, and served over 200 delegations to date.”

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Ukrzaliznytsia has even provided non-transport services for the Ukrainian military, such as using railway tracks to make tank traps, Kamyshin added. The chairman also praised the resilience and commitment of Ukrzaliznytsia workers, noting that over 85% of trains run on schedule despite wartime challenges, like the Russians constant shelling of rail infrastructure.

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