European route E40

European route E40 is the longest European route,[1] more than 8,000 kilometres (4,971 miles) long, connecting Calais in France via Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan, with Ridder in Kazakhstan near the border with Russia and China.

E40 shield
E40
EchangeurBruges.JPG
E40 interchange near Bruges, Belgium
Route information
Length8,641 km (5,369 mi)
Major junctions
West end E15 in Calais, France
Major intersections
East endRidder, Kazakhstan
Location
Countries France
 Belgium
 Germany
 Poland
 Ukraine
 Russia
 Kazakhstan
 Uzbekistan
 Turkmenistan
 Kyrgyzstan
Highway system

A different route connecting Calais and Ridder is about 2,000 kilometres (1,243 miles) shorter, mostly using the E30 via Berlin-Moscow-Omsk. The E40 differs from that route in order to provide additional direct east-west access to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan, which have a combined population base approaching 50 million people as of 2021.

RouteEdit

FranceEdit

BelgiumEdit

GermanyEdit

PolandEdit

UkraineEdit

RussiaEdit

Kazakhstan (west)Edit

Uzbekistan (west)Edit

TurkmenistanEdit

Uzbekistan (east)Edit

Kazakhstan (middle)Edit

KyrgyzstanEdit

Kazakhstan (east)Edit

War crimesEdit

Evidence of Russian war crimes was discovered on the E40 route near Kyiv in April 2022, following the defeat of Russia at the 2022 Battle of Kyiv, one of the battles in the ongoing Russian invasion in the country.

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Cities in italics are in a war zone and/or controlled by separatists
  2. ^ The A2 A-2 highway hasn't been fully built.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Antill, Peter; Dennis, Peter (2007). Stalingrad 1942. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84603-028-5.

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