"There will be a transition period. Some trains are already running there. The transition will last exactly 24 hours from December 10 to December 11. Following that the passenger trains will no longer run there [along the old railroad in Ukrainian territory]," head of the passenger traffic department at the Russian Railways Dmitry Pegov told reporters, TASS said.
Read alsoUkrzaliznytsia launches online sale of train tickets to EU countriesRussian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said earlier that by the end of 2017, the regular railway service would be launched along the Zhuravka-Millerovo railroad line bypassing Ukraine. In his words, it concerns 62 pairs of passenger trains and 30 pairs of freight trains.
It was reported earlier that trains running between Moscow and Kislovodsk, Anapa, Novorossiysk, Adler, as well as double decker trains running between St. Petersburg and Adler were the first ones to start bypassing Ukraine.