Ukraine has suffered about $10 billion in damage to infrastructure since Russia invaded the country, Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Oleksander Kubrakov said.
He said in televised comments that the figure stood as of Sunday, and added: “The majority of (damaged) structures will be repaired in a year, and the most difficult ones – in two years.”
Kubrakov said 40,000 people had been evacuated from the eastern city of Kharkiv on Sunday.
Ukraine has appealed to Russia to let civilians leave other cities and an Interior ministry official, Vadym Denysenko, said 4,000 civilians still needed to be evacuated from the outskirts of the capital Kyiv.
“Russia is doing all it can to prevent (humanitarian) corridors,” Denysenko added.
Earlier, Ukrainian authorities claimed that Russian troops shelled an evacuation bus and a number of villages in the Kyiv region, NEXTA TV reported. Three people were wounded in the attack, the report said.
Meanwhile, as per a Reuters report, evacuation of civilians from Ukraine’s Sumy is underway.
The evacuations started after both the Russian and Ukrainian officials agreed to set up humanitarian corridors to allow civilians out of areas seized by the Russian forces.
On Monday, the Ukrainian authorities during the third round of talks with their Russian counterparts had rejected an offer for humanitarian corridors that would lead refugees from the attacked cities into Russia and Belarus.
Britain’s defense secretary said that there are reports Ukrainian special forces destroyed over 20 Russian helicopters on the ground overnight as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to face logistical problems and fierce resistance, AFP reported.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Russian forces are becoming more and more desperate in the face of such military and supply holdups, leading to “indiscriminate shelling” of civilians.