In early May, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov sent a letter to Latvian Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (conservatives), stating that “DLRR’s experience accumulated over the years, its unique operations and its ability to provide a full range of services will be crucial for the reconstruction of Ukraine’s rail infrastructure after the war.
The management of DLRR’s partner, the Ukrainian company Metinvest, also sent an official letter to the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia, stressing the strategic importance of DLRR in the reconstruction of Ukraine’s damaged railway infrastructure and equipment.
In his letter, Kubrakov points out that there are targeted attacks against Ukrainian railways and infrastructure. The letter says Ukraine’s ability to repair rolling stock and locomotives is limited, as Ukrainian factories and other strategic facilities are regularly threatened by explosions and targeted attacks.
In his letter, Kubrakov says he hopes for cooperation with countries supporting Ukraine and their companies, pointing out that DLRR is one of those strategically important companies in Latvia. It could repair the rolling stock of the Ukrainian railway company Ukrzaliznytsia.
Last week, Metinvest chief executive Aleksandr Gerasimchuk also sent a letter to the Latvian government, saying the company had been made aware of DLRR’s financial difficulties.
Gerasimchuk also pointed out that repairs to railway equipment in Ukraine have become completely inaccessible as a result of the war. DLRR is currently one of the main partners of Metinvest, and the company wants the Daugavpils plant to continue to respond to orders, providing repair and modernization of locomotives.
Metinvest also owns the Azovstal steel plant, which is currently besieged by Russian armed forces.
At the end of March, DLRR and its subsidiaries SIA LokRem, SIA DL Metal and SIA Logkom submitted a request for the collective dismissal of 240 employees to the National Employment Agency.
They point out that the Russian war in Ukraine has seriously affected the work of DLRR. Metinvest Group’s indebtedness to DLRR currently stands at EUR 8,229,550 for orders placed on the Ukrainian market.
DLRR representatives point out that the company has repeatedly contacted the Latvian Prime Minister, the ministers of economy, finance, welfare, foreign affairs, defense and environmental protection and regional development, as well as development finance institution Altum, explaining the situation and calling for cash flow support, LETA said.
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