Ukrainian Railways

Ukrainian Railways (Ukrainian: Укрзалізниця, Ukrzaliznytsia) is a state-owned joint-stock company of rail transport in Ukraine, a monopoly that controls the vast majority of the railroad transportation in the country.[nb 1] It possesses a combined total track length of over 23,000 km, making it the 13th largest in the world. Ukrainian Railways is also the world's 6th largest rail passenger transporter and world's 7th largest freight transporter.

Ukrainian Railways Укрзалізниця
Typejoint-stock company
IndustryRailway transportation,
intermodal freight transport
Headquarters5, Tvirska street,
Kyiv, Ukraine, 03680 [1]
Number of locations
1,700 stations and halts
Area served
Key people
Oleksandr Kamyshin[2] (CEO)
ProductsRail transport services (passenger & cargo)
Revenue 20.06 billion (2017)[3]
114 million (2017)[4]
OwnerUkraine (100%)
Number of employees
403,000 (2011)
ParentMinistry of Infrastructure
Divisions6 branches (Kyiv, Donetsk, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro)
WebsiteOfficial website

In 2015, Ukrainian Railways transformed through a merger of a state agency and a state-owned enterprise into a public joint stock company owned by state. Ukraine's State Administration of Railroad Transportation is subordinated to the Ministry of Infrastructure,[nb 2] administering the railways through the six territorial railway companies that immediately control and provide of all aspects of the railroad transportation and maintenance under the common Ukrzaliznytsia brand. The general director of the administration is appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.[5] The gauge is 1,520 mm (4 ft 11+2732 in). The administration employs more than 403,000 people throughout the country.

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Railways continued operating to evacuate and rescue millions of people from cities towards Europe. The rail links between Ukraine and Russia have been blown up by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to prevent their use by Russians, but the railways have continued operating within Ukraine and between Ukraine and Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia. One long-abandoned cross-border rail link with Poland was quickly reconstructed, and others which had been used only for freight have been quickly opened for passenger use.[6] The rail service has evacuated[7] over two million people from Ukraine on special evacuation trains. After some the Black Sea ports became unavailable for grain export, rail became an export route to Europe. Several rail sections in North and South became unusable.[8]

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