Ukraine loses 346 bridges since outbreak of full-scale war, with only 12 restored
As a result of Russia's armed aggression, 346 bridges were destroyed in Ukraine, including 157 on state roads. As of the end of May 2023, 12 bridges have been rebuilt, the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure reports.
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As of 2022, 41 bridges had been rebuilt, and only eight of them were destroyed by war. The rest are emergency bridges located on main routes and extremely important for logistics in the country.
In 2023, four bridges destroyed by the war in Zhytomyr, Kyiv, and Chernihiv oblasts were rebuilt and reopened to traffic. Construction works are underway at 25 facilities in Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, and Mykolaiv oblasts.
Since the beginning of the war, 85 temporary crossings have been built to quickly restore connections to the affected villages and towns.
"However, not all crossings are capable of withstanding significant loads, and on critically important routes, the Agency undertook the reconstruction of bridges," the press service explained.
In March, near the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, a bridge destroyed during the defense of the city was completely rebuilt.
On April 12, the major restoration of the bridge over the eponymous river was completed in Irpin.
In May, a bridge across the Tal River destroyed by the Russians was rebuilt on the Kyiv-Ivankiv road.