News from Ukraine: Rebuilding after Putin’s horrors – photos show building restoration | World | New

Vladimir Putin gave the green light to his brutal invasion of Ukraine on February 24 after Russian troops spent weeks massed along the border with its eastern neighbor. Tens of thousands of people – civilians and soldiers on both sides – have been killed in the fierce fighting. Russia’s brutal war has left a path of destruction across Ukraine, with heavy shelling and missile strikes triggering huge explosions and reducing several large buildings across the country to rubble.

Ukraine has been praised by many in the Western world for its brave spirit during this horrific war, with President Volodymyr Zelensky receiving much applause.

Today, incredible images are emerging from the restoration of great buildings in Ukraine that were destroyed by Russia in the towns and villages they occupied.

On Twitter, the “Defence of Ukraine” account (@DefenceU) posted two photos of a building in the city of Makariv, which is an urban-type settlement in Bucha Raion, Kyiv Oblast.

The first shows the structure destroyed and burned following the Russian occupation of the city, with a second photo showing it fully renovated and restored.

The Ukrainian government department defiantly wrote on Twitter that “we will definitely win and rebuild all our cities, towns and villages.”

The caption accompanying the two photos read: “This is what the building looked like following the Russian occupation of the city of Makariv; and this is what it looks like now – freshly restored.

“We will definitely win and rebuild all of our cities, towns and villages.”

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Defense account also tweeted a graph indicating that more than 45,000 Russian servicemen have been killed so far in the war.

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Using reports from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, he said there had been 45,400 “personnel eliminated” since the war began on February 24.

Russia saw 4,230 armored fighting vehicles and 1,032 artillery vehicles destroyed, as well as 3,149 vehicles and fuel tanks, 266 multiple rocket launchers, 234 military aircraft.

Other Russian military losses include 198 helicopters, 194 cruise missiles, 145 air defense systems, 99 pieces of “special equipment”, 15 warships and boats, and 815 drones.

Ukraine’s fierce determination to defend its country has been highly appreciated by many around the world, with Western superpowers rallying behind a country under Russian bombardment.

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Hours after the invasion nearly six months ago, Russia landed commandos at Antonov Airfield, a cargo base just north of Kyiv, to secure an airlift for a lightning assault on the capital. Ukrainian.

But in one day Ukraine had incredibly wiped out the Russian elite paratroopers and destroyed the airstrip.

Russia’s armored columns finally reached Kyiv’s northern outskirts, the disastrous failure not to secure a working airfield on the first day helped frustrate Moscow’s plan to quickly take control of Kyiv.

Russian bombs continued to fall on Kyiv and as its residents huddled in subway stations for shelter or crowded into train stations to flee, President Zelensky made it clear that he would not be moved.

The Ukrainian leader used overnight video addresses to rally his country, insisting that his country will continue to fight and do everything possible to repel Russian advances.

Since then President Zelensky has been teleported to the streets of Prague, to the Grammy Awards in the US and the Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK, where he told cheering fans to ‘prove that freedom always wins’. .

Several Western leaders – including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron – have also traveled to Kyiv for meetings with their Ukrainian counterpart.

Christi C. Elwood