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Rebuilding Ukraine: ‘It is a victory for humanity that we can be destroyed but rise from nothing’

Even as Russian troops move into the east of Ukraine, citizens in and around the capital Kyiv are working to rebuild their communities from the ruins

Bombed buildings wait to be demolished as essential services and people begin to return to the town of Borodianka in Ukraine. Picture: Getty

Natalia Alekseenko held a dustpan and brush as she surveyed the damage to her house. Gutted by a shell from a Russian tank, the walls and floors were blackened and the staircase burned down to a metal frame. The roof had caved in too, leaving a hole you could drive a car through.

“When it rains the water falls down inside,” she said with a sigh. “We lost everything here, even the furniture. Everything is ...