The Russian side of the Joint Center of Control and Coordination (JCCC) blocked the repair and recovery works at the Donetsk railway. The Ukrainian side of the JCCC claimed this as the press service of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported.
‘The JCCC got the request from the regional branch of Donetsk railway in November 2017 for the receiving of the security guarantees and observing of the cease-fire regime to hold the repair and recovery works in the third decade of November 2017. The specialists of the enterprise-client began the needed repair and recovery works after they got the necessary guarantees. However, the Russian side of the JCCC informed the Ukrainian side of the JCCC on November 26, 2017, without giving reasons that the planned works will not be performed at the mentioned object’, the message said.
The Ukrainian side of the JCCC noted that the leaders of the occupied territories of Donbas systematically block the solution to the problems connected with the repair of the objects of the civilian infrastructure near the demarcation line at the occupied territory.
‘The Ukrainian side of the JCCC urges the Russian side one more time to assume all possible measures to agree on the proper written security guarantees and observation of the rhythmical work during the restoration of the civilian infrastructure of Donbas with the leaders of the occupied Donbas ’, the message noted.
Some part of the objects of Donetsk railway is under control of the pro-Russian militants. Earlier Ukrzaliznytsia claimed that the part of the railway released from the militants is destroyed and the trains need to be repaired.
As at October 2017, the militants control two main repair bases for the electrical train and diesel trains.
Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine signed a moratorium on the discharge of debts of Donetsk railway in February 2017.