The rail service between the recently liberated town of Balaklia and the city of Kharkiv will be fully restored by Sept. 15, the deputy head of the President's Office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said on Sept 14.
Tymoshenko made the announcement following the successful arrival of the first "test" train to Balakliya from Kharkiv.
“The city is guarded by our military, who will protect people and keep the enemy out,” Tymoshenko wrote.
“Our people are now receiving all the help they need. The first test train of Ukrzaliznytsia has already arrived in Balakliya.”
Tymoshenko added that the city is returning to life step-by-step.
“With the mobile branch of Nova Poshta (Ukrainian postal service), a Starlink module for Internet access was also brought to Izyum,” he added. “The city is coming back to life.”
On Sept. 8, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated the city of Balakliya, Kharkiv Oblast, from invading Russian forces. The city was under occupation for half a year.
Ukraine’s National Police reported that the Russian troops set up a torture chamber for the local residents of Balakliya, where they always kept at least 40 people in captivity. Civilians were captured with the help of local collaborators – the invaders were looking for those who served in the military in the past, had relatives among the Armed Forces of Ukraine, or were helping the Ukrainian army.