Squeezed by Russia and Belarus, Ukrzaliznytsia has only enough diesel to run trains through Friday

, the State Railroad provider reported yesterday. About half of the railroad’s 20,000 km of track is electrified. UZ moves 82% of Ukraine’s freight, making it the fourth largest freight carrier in Eurasia, after the railways of China, Russia and India.

There is only enough diesel for ‘two or three days’ for two of UZ’s key regional railways

– Kyiv-based Southwestern and Dnipro-based Pridneprovskaya – reported the Observer news site. To keep trains running, the Cabinet of Ministers could order the release of fuel from the State Reserve. The lifeblood of an industrial economy, diesel is essential for farm machinery, long haul trucks and Ukraine’s military.