Ukraine's Ukrzaliznytsia Lifts Ban on Cargo Transport to Chornomorsk Port After Russian Attacks

Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine's national railway, lifts temporary ban on cargo transport to Chornomorsk port, a critical export hub, after Russian attacks damaged rail infrastructure.

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Ukraine's Ukrzaliznytsia Lifts Ban on Cargo Transport to Chornomorsk Port After Russian Attacks

Ukraine's Ukrzaliznytsia Lifts Ban on Cargo Transport to Chornomorsk Port After Russian Attacks

Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine's national railway operator, has lifted its temporary ban on all cargo transportation to the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk. The company had initially suspended deliveries to the port from April 11-17 and then extended the ban to April 22, without providing a specific reason for the decision.

Ukrainian media reported that the suspension may have been due to Russian attacks that damaged railway tracks leading to the port's cargo terminals. On April 10, a Russian missile strike caused damage to railway sidings serving several grain terminals in Chornomorsk. Additional missile strikes on April 11 in the Odesa Oblast resulted in further damage to railroad access roads to grain terminals.

The temporary disruptions affected the delivery of products to terminals operated by Kernel, Risoil, and Viterra. Ukrzaliznytsia had initially scheduled the restrictions to be in effect from April 11 to 13 but subsequently extended them twice until April 22, when the ban was finally lifted.

Why this matters: Chornomorsk is one of Ukraine's biggest sea ports, located near the southern city of Odesa, which is under almost daily attack from Russian drones and missiles targeting energy and transport infrastructure. The lifting of the cargo ban is essential for maintaining Ukraine's export capabilities amid the ongoing conflict with Russia.

In addition to Chornomorsk, Ukraine also uses the ports of Odesa and Pivdennyi in the region for exports. The Odesa region has been the target of persistent Russian attacks aimed at disrupting Ukraine's critical infrastructure and economic activities.

The lifting of the temporary cargo ban by Ukrzaliznytsia allows the resumption of vital deliveries to the port of Chornomorsk. "Ukrzaliznytsia has lifted its temporary ban on all cargo transportation to the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk, which was imposed earlier this month," the railway operator confirmed. The decision to restore cargo transport to the port comes as a relief to Ukrainian exporters who rely on the Black Sea ports for shipping their goods to international markets.

Key Takeaways

  • Ukraine's railway operator lifts temporary ban on cargo to Chornomorsk port.
  • Ban was imposed due to Russian missile strikes damaging railway tracks to port.
  • Chornomorsk is a major Ukrainian Black Sea port for exports, near Odesa.
  • Lifting the ban allows resumption of vital deliveries to the port.
  • Odesa region has been targeted by persistent Russian attacks on infrastructure.