KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 17 — In the Kharkiv region, Russian armed aggression damaged or destroyed 49 sports facilities. 

Their restoration needs more than $25 million, according to the head of the Department of Youth and Sports Affairs of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Kostiantyn Ananchenko.   

According to him, there is no state funding for restoring sports infrastructure in the Kharkiv region in 2024.

However, the renovation of some major sports facilities in Kharkiv and the region is currently being carried out at the expense of grants and investments from private entrepreneurs.

Among other things, Kostiantyn Ananchenko clarified that the exact number of sports facilities destroyed or damaged by Russia is unknown, as some of them are located in the occupied territories or on the frontline in the Kupiansk district.

As Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov said in an interview with, more than $10 billion is needed to rebuild Kharkiv’s destroyed infrastructure. He also noted that no city budget in the world can withstand such a burden. 

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  • Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has caused more than $153 billion in damage to Ukraine, including at least $27.8 billion to the infrastructure of Kharkiv Oblast, the World Bank reported.