Regardless of regular missile strikes, residential buildings damaged by the Russian army continue to be repaired in Kharkiv. Our photojournalist showed how Kharkiv housing is being restored.

Northern Saltivka, the area that suffered the most from the occupiers’ shelling, is being actively rebuilt. Builders are simultaneously working in dozens of damaged buildings.

Destroyed residential building in Northern Saltivka, April 2022 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media

The neighbourhood consists of buildings from the late 80s and early 90s of the last century. For the most part, the houses are of the same type, almost identical 9-12-16-story panel buildings. Before the war, more than 300,000 Kharkiv residents lived here.

A completely burned down house in Northern Saltivka, April 2022 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media

It’s a short walk from here to the bypass road. The invaders attacked Kharkiv in this way. The district suffered the brunt of Russian artillery.

“We are restoring what is essential. Our district of Northern Saltivka was destroyed. Now you can see a lot of construction equipment there because we are building, we do not stop. We will use all resources and efforts to restore everything that the enemy has ruined,” the mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

A completely burned down house in Northern Saltivka, April 2022 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media

According to the Kharkiv head, currently, the city has more than 400 buildings that cannot be restored. Last year, a total of about 135 buildings were restored, 66 of which were severely damaged.

Meanwhile, there are still houses in Northern Saltivka without water, heating, or gas. People heat their homes with stoves and cook in outdoor kitchens. Those are the houses where utilities cannot be repaired due to damaged communications.

A burning house in Northern Saltivka, April 2022 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Destroyed residential building in Northern Saltivka, April 2022 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
The same house as in the previous photo, which was hit by a Russian missile. It is already being repaired and renovated in Northern Saltivka, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Work is underway to restore houses in Northern Saltivka in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Builders prepare rebar and profiles to strengthen floors in houses, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Cranes working to deliver construction material to the top of high-rise buildings in North Saltivka, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
House facades are being painted, and broken windows replaced, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
In Kharkiv, houses in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media
Buildings in Northern Saltivka are being dismantled and restored after shelling in Kharkiv, February 2023 / Photo: Oleksandr Magula, Gwara Media

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