Reconstruction of railway station begins 35 km from Russian border – photo
Photo: Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development

Preparatory work has begun in Trostianets, Sumy Oblast, to rebuild the railway station damaged by Russians during the occupation of the city in the spring of 2022, as reported by the Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development.

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The station building is unique. It was built in the modern style in 1982 according to an individual architectural project and resembles a Ukrainian rural house.

Reconstruction of railway station begins 35 km from Russian border – photo
The train station near Trostyanka. Photo – Recovery Agency

The restoration project preserves the authentic shape of the station and adds modern functionality, according to the Agency.

It is planned that the railway station and bus station will be combined in one building. Ticket offices will be located separately, and the waiting room will remain common.

"This will be a modern, inclusive space with civil defense shelters. It will combine the possibilities of railway and bus connections, a convenient approach for transport, a bus stop and a parking lot for private transport," the statement said.

The Trostianets-Smorodyne station was first opened in 1878. It was a wooden building that was reconstructed in 1982.

The building of the station in the city 35 km from the Russian border is now heavily damaged as a result of shelling by heavy artillery and fortification works of the Russian army.

The occupiers set up a command post in the railway station building, from where they fired at Sumy and Okhtyrka. A torture chamber was set up in the basement. The square in front of the station was dug up for storing ammunition.

The reconstruction of the station is being carried out within the framework of an experimental project to restore settlements affected by the war according to the principle of "build back better."

Preparatory work has now begun and construction sites have been set up. Damaged structures on the first floor (partitions, metal-plastic windows, and doors) are being dismantled, and the location of external networks is being determined.

The complete reconstruction of the station is planned to be completed by the end of November 2024.

In addition, a hospital and two five-story buildings are being rebuilt in Trostianets.

  • Trostianets was occupied for almost a month. The city was liberated from Russian troops by soldiers of the 93rd Separate Mechanized Brigade "Kholodnyi Yar" with the help of territorial defense and local partisans. This happened on March 26, 2022.