Within the next 5-6 years Ukraine intends to completely switch to high-speed operation and will order 20-25 high-speed trains annually, vice PM - minister for infrastructure Borys Kolesnikov told a press conference on Tuesday.

He noted that in connection with the plans to introduce full high-speed operation the high-speed trains will be produced in Ukraine. "We offered Hyundai and it agreed to organize production in Ukraine. Within the next 5-6 years Ukraine will order 20-25 high-speed trains annually and for this we will produce them only in the country," he said.

Kolesnikov informed Hyundai had already projected and would produce sleeping compartments.

Kolesnikov also pointed out inefficiency to use different systems of high-speed trains. "Previous leadership of the railway department purchased 'Skoda'. It is a good train, but now we have two different systems of high-speed trains. High-speed long-distance operation must be built on one system, and then we will have lower maintenance costs and cheaper tickets," the official said.
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