Rail Partners with Ukraine
On 10 January 2024, Rail Partners chief executive, Andy Bagnall, travelled, along with Steve Montgomery, managing director of First Rail, and David Brown, managing director of Arriva Trains, to Ukraine to show solidarity with Ukrainian railway workers and to see first hand the realities they face while supporting the war effort.
Thousands of food parcels, paid for by donations from British railway companies, have been delivered to front line Ukrainian rail workers who have been helping to repair the damage from the latest round of Russian missile strikes.
Read the news release and Andy's Blog here:
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How this event supports Ukrainian rail workers and their families
Rail Partners with Ukraine was held in support of the Global Ukraine Rail Task Force and their food package campaign.
The Global Ukraine Rail Task Force was set up at the start of the war to coordinate technical, mechanical, and policy support for Ukrainian freight and passenger rail companies, as well as refugee trains.
Subsequently the Task Force has been working with WE AID — founded by Phineo, the German branch of the leading charitable organisation United Way — on a donation campaign to raise funds for the Ukrainian railways. Specifically, and most relevant to this event, they have provided the funding for food packages.
Director, strategy and transformation
JSC Ukrainian Railways
Director of corporate finance
JSC Ukrainian Railways
The presentation slides shared by Oleg and Yuriy can be viewed here, or click below to download:
Watch the voiceover that accompanies the slides here:
Kasia Madera is a BBC News presenter with over 20 years of broadcasting experience. A regular anchor of many of the BBC's flagship programmes, Kasia was a continuous and reassuring on-air presence throughout the Covid pandemic.
At the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Kasia was one of the first international journalists to report live from the Poland-Ukraine border. Of Polish heritage, Kasia is bilingual in Polish and was able to interview many refugees in a mixture of Polish and Ukrainian. More recently Kasia anchored BBC News from the NATO summit in Madrid as well as playing a role in the extensive coverage of the UK's mourning period for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Also on the night
Anastasia Gould is from a Ukrainian-British musical family and has played piano since the age of four and clarinet from the age of nine. She has competed in multiple festivals and competitions, most recently the BPSE junior competition. She supports Ukraine through solo and chamber performances at charity concerts.
Her family has also founded the ‘Voice for Ukraine UK’ choir and the London Ukrainian Symphony Orchestra.
Jelle Krings’ work aims to humanise large amorphous themes such as war and armed conflict, migration, climate change and geopolitical issues, through character-driven, long-term, multimedia projects.
Krings regularly contributes to media outlets like CNN, The Guardian, National Geographic, Newsweek, Stern, and De Volkskrant. He is currently focused on the war in Ukraine and has been following the plight of its railway workers since the full scale Russian invasion in February 2022.
The resulting photo book 'Iron People'is expected to be released in the course of 2023 and is available for preorder here: jellekrings.com/ironpeoplebook