Severodonetsk lies 80% destroyed, with only 10,000 residents remaining

10 March, 10:00 PM
Ruins of the city of Sievierodonetsk (Photo:Denyshchenko/Twitter)

Ruins of the city of Sievierodonetsk (Photo:Denyshchenko/Twitter)

Severodonetsk in Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast had 80% of its infrastructure destroyed in the war, with only about a tenth of pre-war population of 100,000 remaining in the city, Luhansk regional governor Oleksandr Striuk told Ukrainian news agency Interfax-Ukraine on March 10.

“According to our estimation, there are around 10,000 people (on Severodonetsk),” said Striuk.

“In regard to illegal (Russian) occupation ‘authorities’ claims about people returning to the city, when it comes to about 30,000 of people, it seems to be fake. Although, residents of nearby towns — Rubizhne, Kreminna — are encouraged to move to the city, into ruined houses.”

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He also noted that about 1,000 school students were in the city as of last September.

“The situation is rather tough; the functioning of the city is limited,” the governor added.

“The illegal occupation authorities managed to provide the city with limited power supply, water is supplied sporadically, but there’s no heating or sewage processing. The only thing they managed to do is to connect some buildings that survived to several modular boilers they've brought to the city.”

Severodonetsk was occupied by Russian troops in June 2022, with most of the city being leveled during the fighting.

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