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UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has begun the process of nationalising Russian-owned rolling stock in the country.

The announcement came after the President of Ukraine signed a law setting out principles for the seizure of Russian property following the invasion.

Ukrzaliznytsia is drawing up a list of the 250 companies which own the 15 076 Russian-owned vehicles on the Ukrainian main line network. This will then be passed to the government for cabinet and legislative approval. The wagons include 587 vans, 10 956 open wagons, 158 flat wagons, 2 057 tank wagons and 1 318 others.

Ukrzaliznytsia said there were 482 Ukrainian vehicles in Russia.

‘The procedure will take time’, management broad Chairman Oleksandr Kamyshin said on March 15. Determining which of the owners were Russian would be a ’slow task. But we have time and inspiration.

He explained that the Russian rolling stock would ‘work for Ukraine’s economy’, supporting the resumption of freight operations through the development of new routes to Europe.