Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says passenger traffic from Ukraine to the Russian Federation fell by 15% in 2018. Read alsoTermination of railway communication with Russia "inevitable" – Ukraine minister "The trend continues. We see that in 2018, passenger traffic in the direction of Russia again fell by 15%. Moreover, if the traffic from Russia decreased by no more than 16%, the number of passengers going to Russia declined by over 15%. This is an objective reality. I&#39;m glad that Ukrainians choose, on their own, the direction of the EU without instructions or artificial measures," he told Ukraine&#39;s Pryamiy TV Channel on January 15. According to Omelyan, Ukraine is developing railway services with the European Union member states. "More than 20 railway services have been launched in a very short period of time. We&#39;re developing routes both to Poland and Hungary. This year, I hope, the services in the direction of Slovakia will be launched, too. And this is just the beginning," he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine&#39;s Infrastructure Ministry was considering the possibility of closing the railway services with Russia. According to Omelyan, Ukraine&#39;s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) and the government should make the final decision.