Ukraine launching recovery process without waiting for war to end / Reconstruction Agency plans to rebuild about 40 bridges this year /

Ukrinform Ukrainian multimedia platform for broadcasting - 6/29/2023 12:30:00 PM

The State Agency for Infrastructure Recovery and Development plans to renovate about 40 bridges in 2023.
"In Ukraine, 346 artificial structures have been destroyed, 157 on state roads. The agency has ensured passage through 85 destroyed bridges by building temporary crossings. Last year only, 41 bridges were repaired, including those destroyed during the hostilities. This year, about 40 more bridges are planned to be overhauled. As part of the operational maintenance, 139 artificial structures are being repaired across the country," the statement said.

In total, there are more than 16,000 bridges in Ukraine. Bridges on local roads are the responsibility of local authorities - there are more than 10,000 of them. Bridges on state roads are the responsibility of the Reconstruction Agency - 5,996 of them, 5,491 of which are in the government-controlled area.

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As reported, the government has set up a commission to inspect the condition of all bridges in Ukraine. It will include representatives of the Ministry of Reconstruction, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, the Reconstruction Agency, Ukrtranssafety, the State Inspectorate for Architecture and Urban Development, the State Emergency Service, regional and Kyiv City Military Administrations.

The Commission will analyze the primary technical and operational documentation, inspect the bridges to determine the strength of materials and elements, and determine the actual load calculations. To make decisions on further steps to restore the structures, all the results of the inspections will be entered into the unified information analytical and expert system AESUM, which contains complete information on the technical indicators and condition of the bridges.


UN helps develop master plan to rebuild Kharkiv
A UN-supported team of international and local architects has developed a concept for reconstruction of Kharkiv city.

It is noted that a team of Ukrainian and foreign architects adopted a concept for a new urban landscape that was submitted by local volunteer, historian, architect, and documentary filmmaker Maxim Rosenfeld.
The master plan has been developed on a voluntary basis by the Norman Foster Foundation together with a group of local architects and urban planners as well as with the Advisory Council of International Experts.

Supported by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) through a pilot project, the newly created UN4Kharkiv task force has united 16 UN agencies and international organizations.

According to the Kharkiv City Council, 3,367 apartment buildings and 1,823 single-family houses have been destroyed in Kharkiv, along with urban infrastructure.

The total damage caused to Ukraine's housing sector since Russia's invasion is estimated at more than $50 billion, according to the UN.

As reported, the deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Rostyslav Shurma, said that proceeds from the seized Russian assets will be used for Ukraine's reconstruction. Also, Ukraine will receive EUR 50 billion from the European Union for the next four years.

Ukraine launching recovery process without waiting for war to end - PM Shmyhal

Ukraine launching recovery process without waiting for war to end - PM Shmyhal

Ukraine is starting the recovery process without waiting for the end of the war unleashed by Russia, while international partners are helping the country in this regard.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said this at the final meeting of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in London, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"We are not waiting for the end of the war. We have the full support of the pro-Ukrainian coalition to this end. We are also creating a recovery coalition, mobilizing resources. We are preparing and implementing new projects. We have a recovery architecture that will ensure transparency and accountability," Shmyhal said.

He once again thanked partner countries and institutions that pledged additional funds to support Ukraine's stability and recovery during the Conference. In particular, the partners announced new financial resources: EUR 50 billion from the EU as a new medium-term support facility; a three-year support program worth GBP 3 billion from the UK; and $1.76 billion under an agreement with the World Bank. At the same time, EUR 600 million will be allocated by the EBRD to energy companies Ukrhydroenergo, Ukrenergo, and Naftogaz; there will be a new portfolio of projects for reconstruction worth EUR 840 million from the European Investment Bank; $1.3 billion in announced aid from the U.S.; and an additional EUR 381 million in aid from Germany.

Another meeting of the Interdepartmental Donor Coordination Platform was held. Ukraine is strengthening coordination with partners in the issue of recovery. A business coalition for investments in Ukraine Ukraine Business Compact is being formed. Already 400 international companies have joined the initiative. Ukraine, together with the EU, Norway, Switzerland, and the EBRD, signed an agreement on joint work on war risk insurance.

Prime Minister Shmyhal once again noted important political statements. In particular, he said, the partners supported the idea of using frozen Russian assets for the needs of Ukraine's recovery, adding that these partners "do not doubt our (future - ed.) membership in the European Union."

As reported, the Ukraine Recovery Conference was held in London. According to World Bank estimates, at least $14.1 billion is needed for ensuring the embattled nation's rapid recovery in 2023. After the Russian terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP, these urgent needs increased. In general, over the next decade, at least $411 billion will be required to assist Ukraine in its recovery. Government officials along with national foreign experts are working on an accurate assessment of the damage inflicted by the aggressor state.