The first train with Ukrainian grain left Zaporozhye for Crimea the day before, on June 7th. The Crimean authorities confirmed the arrival of the train and announced the restoration of railway communication with the northern Black Sea region ” alt=”The first train with grain from Zaporizhzhya arrived in Crimea” />
The freight railway communication between Crimea and Zaporozhye region, which was interrupted eight years ago, has been resumed. Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea on information policy, told RBC about this.
“The train with grain that left Melitopol yesterday arrived in the Crimea. Yesterday, [Defense Minister Sergei] Shoigu spoke about the restoration of six sections of the railway, the train passed through the sections that were restored. In fact, we can say that this is the restoration of railway communication with the northern Black Sea region after eight years of its absence, — said Kryuchkov.
The first train with grain from the Russian-controlled part of the Zaporozhye region left for Crimea on June 7. The authorities of the military-civilian administration of the region sent 11 wagons with grain from the Melitopol elevator. “It can be predicted that in the near future these deliveries will be increased hundreds of times. It will not be 11 wagons, but hundreds, thousands of wagons,— said the head of the military-civilian administration Yevgeny Balitsky.
After Russia began hostilities in Ukraine, the country's authorities repeatedly accused Moscow of stealing grain. On May 30, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Ukraine Taras Vysotsky said that Russia had exported about 0.5 million tons of grain from the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkiv regions.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied the theft. At the same time, Moscow emphasized that it is the Ukrainian side that prevents the export of grain from the southern regions of Ukraine, as it mines the Black Sea ports. At the end of May, the Ministry of Defense announced the opening of corridors for the exit of foreign ships from ports on the Black and Azov Seas. President Vladimir Putin also assured that Russia is ready to facilitate the unhindered passage of ships with grain.
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During a special operation, the Russian military took control of the Kherson region and the Azov part of the Zaporozhye region in southern Ukraine. Civil-military administrations have been formed in the regions, broadcasting of Russian TV channels and radio stations has begun, and trade relations with Crimea are being restored.
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