The reconstruction of Saltivka, Kharkiv

On February 24, 2022, the Saltivka district on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv was bombed by the Russians. This district, which was Kharkiv’s largest residential area and had over 300,000 inhabitants before the war, suffered extensive damage. Built during the Soviet era, the Saltivka district was designed for maximum comfort, with amenities like schools located within the inner courtyards of high-rise buildings. More than 4,000 buildings in Kharkiv were damaged, with a third of them directly hit.

Since May, the city of Kharkiv has initiated the repair and reconstruction of houses. Windows have been replaced, and roofs have been repaired, primarily with the goal of preserving the homes for the eventual return of residents when it becomes safe. Currently, around 200 residents have returned to their homes in the Saltivka district, and several apartment buildings have been reconnected to the electricity and heating networks.

The fact that the reconstruction efforts have already begun, even before the war has ended, is a testament to the resilience of the Ukrainian people. It highlights their determination to rebuild and restore their cities despite the challenges they face.