Ukraine and Moldova have agreed on the final details for the launch of the railway branch, which was built after the start of the full-scale war.
This became known from the statements of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and Moldova and the customs services of both countries.
On March 22, the agencies announced the signing of the Protocol on the organization of joint control at the checkpoint for the "Serpneve-1 - Basarabyaska" railway connection.
The border guards and customs officers of Ukraine and Moldova have previously agreed to start joint control in the coming days at the joint checkpoint for the "Serpneve-1 - Basarabiaska" railway connection on the territory of Moldova - because the Moldovan side has the necessary infrastructure.
Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine, Serhiy Deyneko, noted that this will intensify trade and economic activity between Ukraine and Moldova, as well as deepen their cooperation in border management.
"We see in this great opportunities for expanding both our export potential and the transit capabilities of Moldova, and in the future, after our victory, it will contribute to the expansion of the export of Moldovan enterprises to foreign markets using the logistics of the ports of Greater Odessa. This will also be an impetus in the future." for the growth of investments from the point of view of business, the development of transit potential and logistics routes," added Serhiy Zvyagintsev, Acting Head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine.
The new crossing makes it possible to largely compensate for the railway connection with the Zatoka bridge, which has repeatedly been the target of Russian missile attacks.
The use of the transition will start from midnight on March 25.
We will remind you that in June 2022, Ukraine and Moldova agreed to restore the movement of trains from Berezyn in Odesa to Basarabiaska in Moldova. This branch has not worked for more than 20 years. At that time, it was reported that the railway section would be rebuilt by autumn.
Of its 23 km, most of it passes through Ukraine and only 1.2 km through the territory of Moldova.
In November 2022, Ukraine and Moldova resumed the movement of passenger trains on the Kyiv-Chisinau route after a 24-year break.