Cargo ferried by Ukraine’s railway company, Ukrzaliznytsia, has fallen by a factor of three since the start of the war, said Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov in an interview with NV on April 14 – from 800,000 tons to 250,000 tons.
According to the Minister, Jan. 2022 was the best month in the company’s history, as the carrier worked for a full month with a new cargo tariff policy.
“If we compare Jan. 2021 to Jan. 2022, then this year’s revenue was UAH 9.3 billion ($316 million), and last year - UAH 5.6 billion ($190 billion),” Kubrakov said.
“The year was supposed to be very cool. We would renovate a lot.”
He noted that now Ukrzaliznytsia is doing a lot of things for free, including organizing evacuation trains for people trapped in conflict zones. A total of UAH 18 billion was allocated from the reserve fund to support the carrier. Part of this money went to purchase food.
At the moment, cargo volumes have increased slightly, but the Minister admits that it’s not exactly significant. Still, it’s a sign that business is starting to recover slightly, Kubrakov notes.
He added that the government is looking into the rail carrier’s plans, and seeing which other functions can be abandoned for the moment.
“We definitely want to keep the whole team, we definitely won’t fire anyone,” the Minister insisted.