Luhansk Oblast recovery to take up to seven years, governor says
A man cleans the debris of a building destroyed by Russian shelling in Kadiivka, Luhansk region (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
It will take about seven years to rebuild war-ravaged Luhansk Oblast, but the work can begin only after region is liberated from Russian occupation, regional governor, Serhiy Hayday said in a Telegram post on Oct. 19.
“The Russians are doing some quick repairs, while telling the residents of Luhansk Oblast that the so-called ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’ hasn’t done anything for eight years, but Russia will,” Hayday said.
According to him, Russians are using rocket artillery to destroy Stelmahivka, where Ukrainian forces recently withdrew from. Furthermore, Moscow seeks to launch a counter-offensive towards Lyman, which was liberated in late September.
“The Wagner Line – that’s what they call a string of concrete defensive structures, recently erected in Luhansk Oblast,” the official added.
According to Hayday, the work to rebuild Luhansk Oblast could take up to seven years, after the region is completely liberated from Russian occupation. Significant parts of the oblast have been under Moscow’s control since 2014.
The governor earlier said that Russian troops, retreating from Kharkiv Oblast back in September, have bolstered the enemy presence in Luhansk Oblast, making it more difficult for Ukraine to recapture the region.
Hayday said on Oct. 16 that Russian forces are attempting to hold back the Ukrainian advance in Luhansk Oblast by mining roads towards Svatove and Kreminna.
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