Olivier Dupuis: The rails of war: An EU railway initiative for the defence of Ukraine

2022-07-26 | Expert publications

By Olivier Dupuis. The Ukrainian authorities recently launched a call for proposals to improve the country’s defence capabilities. Here is one that we believe could help strengthen both the immediate and longer-term defence of the Ukraine. And, beyond that, it could help Ukraine’s integration into the European economic area. 

The idea stems from the fact that the logistics of the Russian Federation’s army are organised around rail transport, as was the case for the Soviet army. The proposal is therefore to create “break points” along Ukraine’s borders with Russia and Belarus to help prevent the Russian army from using the Ukrainian rail network to transport men, equipment and munitions.

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