The Ukrainian Railways press service reported that since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, 33 Ukrzalinytsia employees have died.
"Railway workers have been in the midst of the war since its first days. They have already evacuated more than 2 million Ukrainians, mostly children and women, and suffered losses in this war. Since the beginning of Russia's armed aggression, we have lost 33 colleagues forever, one of them today, just during the train journey," the statement said.
Ukrainian composer Yevhen Khmara staged an impromptu concert in memory of the fallen rail workers at one of the country's railway stations.
"Today's spontaneous concert at the station is about memory, respect, dignity and strength," Ukrzaliznytsia said.
An evacuation train came under fire from the Russians on the night of 12-13 March near Slovyansk. As a result, the train conductor was killed, and another was injured. The train went empty to the city of Lyman. There were only conductors, a train electrician, and the train chief.