"Any normal cooperation with the Russian Federation is out of the question in times of war. Whether someone likes it or not, Ukraine's actions must be robust and adequate. One of the measures that we have submitted for the government approval is the cessation of the passenger railway connection. I believe that this is the way we can protect those Ukrainians who still travel to the Russian Federation at their own peril from being abducted or fall into the hands of the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) or other law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation. We see that such cases are becoming more common," the minister said.
"Secondly, and in fact this is the key: there is no reason to travel there if we are at war," he added.
"There is no such thing as the Russian-Ukrainian friendship and never has been. There was either permanent occupation or genocide," he said.
It is noteworthy that Omelian Aug. 16 signed a landmark document which has not been disclosed so far. However, it is already known that it has something to do with the transport connection with neighboring Russia.
On Aug. 6, Omelian said that Ukraine could completely cease the railway connection with Russia. On the same day, the deputy president’s commissioner to Crimea proposed to cease bus service between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.