Russian Railways is drafting a project to build a railroad bypassing Ukraine. It will be a 140 km-long double-track connecting Zhuravka (Voronezh region) with Millerovo (Rostov region).
Trains using this road will be able to run at the speed of 200 km/h. As a result, the travel time to Crimea will be halved.
Russian Railways have earmarked some 100 million RUR for this project and is planning to finish it by 2018.
According to Deputy CEO of Russian Railways Oleg Toni, this road is the first stage of the company’s program to build a high-speed southward railway.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, some sections of Russian railroads were left in the territories of neighboring states and needed special inter-governmental regulations. Eleven such sections are in Kazakhstan (a total length of 800 km), one section is in Ukraine (26-km-long Rossosh-Chertkovo-Millerovo road).