As our Association has already reported, the occupied peninsula has become a hostage of Russia’s transport infrastructure, which the aggressor has transferred to “wartime rails”.

First of all, it concerns the collapse of civil aviation, not only in terms of transporting “millions of tourists”, but also cargo planes, part of the fleet of which Russia has either lost or “nationalized”, followed by lack of spare parts and maintenance.

At present, Russia has virtually lost the ability to communicate by rail with European countries, and it now operates major international freight services by rail with China and Central Asia.

But the change in the logistics of transporting these cargoes of the aggressor caused congestion of strategic Russian railways in Eastern Siberia.

In addition, restrictions on access and sanctions lead to a shortage of containers, without which the transport of a number of groups of goods by rail becomes impossible.

According to the forecasts of the central Russian container operator “Transcontainer”, the corresponding deficit will arise in May 2022, which is why the aggressor is now trying to make it impossible for carriers to remove containers from Russian control.

Shipping in Russia by sea decreased by about a third in March 2022, which was facilitated by both restrictions on the export of certain goods and a boycott of Russian merchant ships in world ports.

Russian road carriers, which import goods en masse to and from the Crimea, should be objectively the most resistant to the challenges of the war period and sanctions, but this type of transport is under threat of cessation of spare parts.

The carrier includes the corresponding risks in the price of the service, and the Russian budget does not provide “subsidies” for these issues during the war. Also, from April 8, Russian and Belarusian truckers will not be able to transport goods to the European Union.

For example, even the aggressor’s propaganda is forced to admit that the rise in the average cost of transporting 20 tons of goods by truck to the Crimea has increased significantly.

Such illegal services are currently 60-70% more expensive than in 2020, when it comes to the transportation of goods to Moscow and St. Petersburg, and about 50 % more expensive when it comes to transporting goods to the occupied peninsula from neighboring with him the regions of Russia.

It is this tension of infrastructure chains that radically worsens the state of the Crimean economy, controlled by the aggressor state.

Currently, the occupiers consider the predatory exploitation of the national economy of the occupied areas of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions as the only “tools of salvation” for the peninsula, in addition to “federal subsidies”.