Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov explained that the funds are needed to restore the buildings, infrastructure and utilities destroyed by the Russian army in Kharkiv.

He stated this at the Ukraine Recovery Conference in London, Ukrinform reported.

According to the official, 150,000 Kharkiv residents lost their homes due to shelling, half of the schools and kindergartens have been destroyed, and 56 hospitals have been damaged.

Kharkiv Mayor takes part in Ukraine Recovery Conference in London / Photo: Kharkiv City Council

“We need €9.5 billion to rebuild our city, its infrastructure, residential buildings, hospitals, kindergartens and schools. This is a very powerful challenge that no city in Ukraine can handle alone,” Terekhov said.

Speaking to Radio Liberty, he said that more than 5,000 buildings in Kharkiv need to be rebuilt or restored.

Despite the war, Kharkiv rebuilt 200 residential buildings destroyed in 2022 at its own expense, with the support of the Cabinet of Ministers and the President’s Office, thanks to the decentralization reform. Another 50 houses are currently under construction.

Ukraine Recovery Conference is a joint conference held in London on 21-22 June by Ukraine and the UK dedicated to Ukraine’s recovery. The conference is focused on attracting international support for Ukraine to stabilize its economy and social sphere after the war.

See also

  • Earlier, Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov signed a call to action for low carbon and more inclusive culture. The initiative was founded by the mayor of the sister city of Lille in France, Martine Aubry.
  • Hundreds of Kharkiv residents came to donate blood on World Blood Donor Day. The need for donors in Ukraine has increased significantly since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.