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Technical fault halts Polish railways, a key Ukraine exit route

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Poland railways operator, PKP PLK on Thursday reported that technical issues caused a widespread traffic control system outage, disrupting an important means of transport for refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Infrastructure Minister , Andrzej Adamczyk said that railway workers were dealing with the situation and normal service would be resumed as soon as possible.

Almost two million people had fled to Poland from Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24. Poland had offered free rail tickets to refugees, allowing them to travel to stay with friends and family around the country.

PKP PLK deputy chief executive Miroslaw Skubiszynski said: “regarding the transport of refugees, which has been the key task of the railway over the past few days, we are in full coordination of the process together with the ministry of infrastructure.

“The process is not halted and can be carried out to the extent possible.”

The traffic control outage was nearly nationwide, affecting 820 km (510 miles) of track, he added.

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