Kharkiv was visited by representatives of the following organizations: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), “Solidarités International” (France), “People in Need” (Czech Republic), “ACTED” (France) and “UNHCR” (UN Refugee Agency).
As part of the meeting, Ihor Terekhov spoke about the current situation in the city. In particular, the mayor said that over 4,000 residential buildings, 110 schools, over 100 kindergartens, over 50 healthcare institutions and hundreds of other administrative and non-residential buildings were destroyed to one degree or another as a result of the shelling. Also, the enemy purposefully destroys the heating system.
“Ahead is the heating season, cold weather. We need the people of Kharkiv not to freeze, not to die of frost. The latest shelling shows that the aggressors are purposefully bombarding the infrastructure of “Kharkiv Heat Networks” – CHPPs, boiler houses, heat mains. And a lot depends on how we prepare for the heating season and how we will act during shelling in the autumn-winter period,” Igor Terekhov said.
According to the mayor, preparation for winter has become the main challenge for Kharkiv, which volunteers are helping to overcome. So, together with utility workers, they dismantle rubble, close contours, insert windows, and also deliver humanitarian aid, in particular to forced migrants from the occupied territories.
“We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us. Given the current situation, I would like to ask you to participate in this as well. I am sure that if we all focus on this problem, Kharkiv will survive the winter,” the mayor addressed the participants of the meeting.
It should be noted that foreign funds plan to provide Kharkiv with heating devices and fuel for them, provide assistance in replacing windows and doors, and also help with the maintenance of collective centers for forcibly displaced people.