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Russian Railways plans to build railroad bypassing Ukraine in three years

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.

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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).

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