Almost 7,000 residents return to Izyum after liberation, says official

1 March, 12:13 PM
Izyum was released in the fall of 2022 (Photo:nakipeloua/Twitter)

Izyum was released in the fall of 2022 (Photo:nakipeloua/Twitter)

Almost 7,000 residents have returned to the town of Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, after its liberation from the Russian invaders, the head of the city military administration, Valeriy Marchenko, said on Feb. 28.

“Almost 50,000 people lived in our territorial community before the war,” he said.

“Some 15,000 people remained after the liberation. Currently, there are already almost 22,000 residents. People are slowly coming back.”

According to Marchenko, 80% of the town’s high-rise buildings have been destroyed or damaged, while its private sector housing has been 30%-destroyed.

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The shortage of utility equipment, which is either stolen or destroyed, is the biggest problem now, he added.

“For example, we had 10 garbage trucks before the war, now we barely collected three, so we just don’t have time to take away the garbage,” the official said.

“This is a very big problem. There are also no bulldozers or excavators.”

Izyum was liberated on Sept. 10, 2022, during a lightening Ukrainian army counter-offensive in Kharkiv Oblast. The town was heavily damaged as a result of Russian shelling and occupation.

Mass graves of Ukrainian civilians and Ukrainian servicemen, including many bodies with traces of torture and mutilation, were discovered on the outskirts of the town.

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