In Kharkiv, Soviet-era trams return to daily life

STORY: Only a small percentage of Saltivka's pre-war population remain due to the heavy bombardment it suffered. The revived tram service is a spot of joy for the residents who still living there, said tram driver Natalia Pavlenko.

"When public transport works, people can go to work, and they don't think so much about the war," she said.

Tram passenger Igor Popov added 'This is public transport, these are not tanks, not guns. It is for peaceful people, to help, to communicate, and for a peaceful life.”

On February 27, three days after Russia invaded, the trams' electrical power station was destroyed by heavy shelling, as was their depot shortly after.

Of Saltivka's roughly 160 trams, part of the Kharkiv city fleet, 60 were destroyed, another 60 damaged, according to district tram officials.

The remaining 40 are now returning to service, after Ukrainian forces retook the area around the country’s second largest city in May.

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