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Meanwhile, in Ukraine: Kiev Mulls Severing Rail Traffic With Russia

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The Ukrainian authorities are preparing to cut off rail passenger traffic with Russia in early July, a source close to Kiev officials told a Russian media outlet on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian government mulls severing rail passenger traffic with Russia starting in July, a Russian newspaper said Thursday citing a source close to authorities in Kiev.

"Ukraine is preparing to halt rail passenger traffic with Russia starting around July 1," the source told the Kommersant newspaper.

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The reason for this is reportedly Russia’s persisting rail links with the restive Donetsk region in Ukraine’s southeast where a military operation is underway to defeat separatist militias.

Ukrainian Railways, a state rail authority, told the newspaper no decision had been reached, while Russia’s train services giant Russian Railways said it had not received any notification from Ukraine.

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