The travel time of trains going to Crimea and back could be increased by two or three hours on average due to checks by the State Border Service of Ukraine and Crimean self-defense forces, the press service of the State Administration of Ukraine (Ukrzaliznytsia) has reported.
The press service said that the trains to Crimea were not canceled. All trains are departing from their initial stations according to schedule, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"In the conditions of the unstable situation in the country, the State Border Service of Ukraine conducts checks of trains at Vadym, Kherson, Melitopol and Ilovaisk stations, which results in delays to trains. The Crimean ‘self-defense forces’ checks trains at Dzhankoi station, and the trains are delayed by up to one hour on average," the administration said.
Ukrzaliznytsia foresees 40-minute stops for checks of trains by the State Border Service of Ukraine in the train schedule for 2014-2015.
Crimea was annexed by Russia following the referendum on status of the peninsula.
The state border was set between Ukraine and Crimea, the rules of its crossing started operating from April 25.