By Madeline Halpert
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused $108.3 billion in damage to the country’s infrastructure, according to a study by the Kyiv School of Economics published on the same day that Ukraine’s Defense Ministry estimated that the war has left 3.5 million people.
Russian attacks in Ukraine have damaged or destroyed 105,200 cars, 43,700 agricultural machinery, 764 daycare centers, 1,991 shops and 634 cultural infrastructure, according to researchers at the Kyiv School of Economics, who worked with several Ukrainian ministries to compile the data. .
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that Russian strikes had damaged at least 140,000 homes, according to the New York Times, while the Kyiv School of Economics put estimates at 114,700 homes that were either completely destroyed or damaged.
The cost of damage to apartment buildings and private homes is $47.7 billion, according to the study.
Damage to transportation infrastructure, including airports and road networks, amounted to $31.6 billion.
According to the researchers’ estimate, restoring the damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure will cost $185 billion.
Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine has displaced more than 8 million people, according to United Nations figures. Of these, more than 6.5 million passed through neighboring countries, such as Poland and Moldova.
By May, the Russian invasion of Ukraine had cost Kyiv a total of about $600 billion, as Volodymyr Zelensky had said and an earlier study by the Kyiv School of Economics estimated. Russian missile strikes have destroyed a huge amount of Ukrainian infrastructure, including railways, apartment buildings and hospitals. Ukraine’s US and European allies have provided several billion dollars in aid to the country since the start of the war.
The Biden administration announced Monday that it will send $550 million worth of additional military equipment to Kyiv, bringing US aid to more than $7 billion. Recently, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Smykhal unveiled a $750 billion recovery plan to rebuild the country after the end of the war, a plan in which Zelensky called on the international community to join.
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