Ukrainian railways plan to get rid of all names and symbols associated with Russia and USSR
Ukrzaliznytsia has announced that by 2025 it plans to completely ‘Ukrainize’ the railroad, getting rid of all names and symbols related to Russia and the USSR
This is stated on the company's website.
The Ukrainian Railways company plans to implement a three-year comprehensive program to completely abandon Russian and Soviet names and symbols. The plan is to be realized in several stages over the period of 2023-2025.
"Yes, it will not be free, it will be difficult, painstaking, titanic work. But its effect is definitely worth the price and the effort. And it cannot even be compared to the price we are all paying today for the final "goodbye, Russia," the statement says.
In addition, it is also noted that during the Ukrainization process, they want to change the names of two divisions of Ukrzaliznytsia – "Southern" and "Southwestern" – because they received such names due to their location relative to Moscow. The new names will be put up for voting at the Diia website and app starting from March 1.
Ukrzaliznytsia plans to: change the Soviet names of stations; remove the translation of cities in Russian from station facades; change the mileage markers, starting the calculation from Kyiv, not Moscow; move from the Soviet system of railway symbols and signals to the European system; duplicate information in tickets in English rather than Russian.
On February 21, Ukrainian Railways confirmed that Joe Biden made his first visit to Ukraine as US President on February 20, arriving by train.