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Russian Railways builds bypass to western destinations

From this week onwards, all Russian Railways (RZD) passenger trains will bypass Ukraine on their way to western destinations, bne Intellinews reports, as the two countries continue to spar against each other.

Rail services between Berlin and Moscow – the main route used by westerners travelling to Russia by train – is among the lines being rerouted from December 11.

The RZD had already promised to bypass Ukraine by the end of 2017, as a part of a Kremlin strategy to implement infrastructure projects that will cut Ukraine out of Russia’s connections to its customers in Europe.

Voronezh to Rostov
Russia has invested RUB 55 billion (€0.8 billion) in the construction of a 37-kilometre line begun in 2015 after it annexed Crimea and confronted the west over the issue.

The new bypass connects the Voronezh and Rostov regions in Russia, replacing an existing line that crosses the Ukrainian separatist region of Lugansk.

Other infrastructure projects designed to isolate Ukraine include extending gas pipelines to the north and south of the country.

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