Border Crossings: Russia - Ukraine

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All rail routes between this pair of countries are 1520mm gauge.

(Taganrog -) Uspenskaya RZD - Kvashyne UZ (- Ilovays'k)

[E] Owing to the serious military situation in some areas of the Donbas, this line has no passenger traffic at present. It formerly carried several long distance trains.

(Mikhaylo-Leonťevskaya -) Zakordonnyy RZD - 1092 Km UZ (- Dovzhans'ka)

[D] This route is definitively closed.

Gukovo RZD - Krasna Mohyla UZ

[D] This route is now closed to passenger traffic owing to the serious military situation in some areas of the Donbas. It remained open to freight even after withdrawal of passenger services but it seems likely that it is now out of use. It carried one long distance train pair Simferopol’ – Sverdlovs’k and some long distance services on different days.

(Likhaya -) Pleshakovo RZD - Izvaryne UZ (- Simeykyne)

[D] This route definitively closed. It crossed the border three times between Pleshakovo and Izvaryne.

(Millerovo -) 122 km RZD - Vil'khova UZ (- Kindrashivs'ka)

[D] This route is definitively closed.

(Millerovo -) Sheptukhovka RZD - 917 km [Chervona Zirka] UZ (- Chertkovo)

[E] This route closed to all traffic in August 2017 when the RZD Zhuravka - Millerovo line, bypassing Ukrainian territory, opened. It was previously used by through RZD trains not stopping in Ukrainian territory.

(Millerovo -) Chertkovo RZD - Zorynivka UZ (- Kantermirovka)

[E] Used by through RZD trains not stopping in Ukrainian territory. It will close to all traffic in August 2017 when the RZD Zhuravka - Millerovo line, which will bypass Ukrainian territory, opens.

(Kantemirovka -) Gartmashevka RZD - z.p. 869 km UZ (- Chertkovo)

[E] This route closed to all traffic in August 2017 when the RZD Zhuravka - Millerovo line, bypassing Ukrainian territory, opened. It was previously used by through RZD trains not stopping in Ukrainian territory.

(Valuyki -) Vystrel RZD - Hrakivka UZ (- Lantrativka)

[D] This route is closed to passenger traffic on 18 April 2014 owing to the deteriorating political situation. It is still open to freight. It carried one long distance train pair Luhans’k - Moskva on alternate days) and one train pair Mariupol’ - Voronezh on different dates.

(Valuyki -) Solovey RZD - Topoli UZ (- Kup'ians'k)

[E] It is thought that this route is closed to passenger traffic. It remains open to freight. It once carried 5 local train pairs between Valuyki and Topoli and some long distance trains.

(Belgorod -) Nezhegol' RZD – Ohirtseve UZ (- Vovchans'k)

[D] It is thought that this route is closed to passenger traffic. It carried one local train pair between Belgorod and Vovchans'k.

(Belgorod -) Naumovka RZD - Kozacha Lopan' UZ (- Kharkiv)

[E] This route carries several local and long distance trains.

(Gotniya -) Khotmyzhsk RZD - Odnorobivka UZ (- Kharkiv)

[D] This route closed to passenger traffic on 18 April 2014 owing to the deteriorating political situation. It was used by 1 local train pair.

(Gotniya -) Ilek-Pen’kovka RZD – Pushkarne UZ (- Sumy)

[D] It is thought that this route is closed to passenger traffic. It carried one daily UZ local train pair between Vorozhba and Gotniya.

(Korenevo -) Glushkovo RZD - Volfyne UZ (- Vorozhba)

[D] Under a bilateral agreement this crossing was available only to Russian and Ukrainian citizens from 1 April 2009. It closed to passenger traffic on 18 April 2014 owing to the deteriorating political situation. It carried one train pair (alternate days during high summer, twice weekly during the rest of the year) between Voronezh-1 and Kyïv, and 2 RZD local train pairs from L'gov to Lokot’ and Tetkino.

(Khutir-Mykhaylivs'kyi -) Klevan’ UZ - Lokot’ (Russia) - Tetkino (Russia) - Vorozhba UZ

[D] This is a UZ line which crosses the border 6 times. It is thought that it closed to passenger traffic on 18 April 2014 owing to the deteriorating political situation. It carried one RZD local train pair between L'gov and Lokot’ via Vorozhba without stopping in Ukrainian territory. There were no passenger service between Esman’ and Lokot’.

(Bryansk-1-Orlovsky -) Suzemka RZD - Zernove UZ (- Khutir-Mykhaylivs'kyi)

[E] This crossing is used by through trains between Moskva and Kyiv. Local services between Suzemka and Zernove had been abandoned by 6 March 2003.

(Unecha -) Vitemlya RZD - Chyhynok UZ (- Khutir-Mykhaylivs'kyi)

[D] Crosses the border 3 times. No passenger service since October 2003 and now thought to be out of use.

(Novozybkov -) Klimov RZD - Karpovychi UZ (- Semenivka)

[D] Out of use.

Kavkaz RZD – Krym Kzd, formerly UZ {train ferry}

Following the Russian annexation of Crimea, this crossing is now de facto an internal Russian ferry crossing.

The ferry is operated by Anship Ltd. A through passenger service between Moskva and Simferopol’ via this route was introduced on 1 August 2014 but had been discontinued by the summer of 2016. Passengers for the Crimea now travel by bus to/from Anapa or Krasnodar. The train was transported empty on the train ferry; passengers had to disembark and cross the strait separately on a different ship.

Owing to the hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, resulting in the withdrawal of all passenger trains to and from Crimea, and Russia's desire to create a permanent link to Crimea contracts have been awarded for the construction of a multipurpose road/rail bridge over the Strait of Kerch. The bridge will be 19 km long, with a four lane road and double track railway. The initial plan had to be modified to take into account the weight of trains. Completion was scheduled for the end of 2018 but has now been delayed to the end of 2019.

De Facto Border Crossings with Crimea

Owing to the annexation of Crimea, de facto border crossings not recognized internationally now exist at:

(Dzhankoi –) Solone Ozero (Kzd) – Sivash (UZ) (– Novoalekseevka – Melitopol)

The through passenger service between Moskva and Simferopol’ via this route was withdrawn presumably on 1 August 2014 and diverted via the Kavkaz – Krym train ferry. Cross-border local trains have been withdrawn; these now terminate at the last station on each side - Sivash (UZ) and Solone Ozero (Kzd).

(Dzhankoi –) Armyans'k (Kzd) – Vadym (UZ) (– Kherson)

Cross-border local trains have been withdrawn; these now terminate at the last station on each side - Vadym (UZ) and Armians'k (Kzd).

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