Okhtyrka railway station
Okhtyrka, Sumy region
пам’ятка історії та архітектури
March 8, 2022
Construction of the railway in Okhtyrka began in 1893, and in 1895 the first freight train passed here. In 1943, during World War II, the station building was destroyed by Nazi invaders. After reconstruction, the station became part of the Kharkiv – Sumy mainline, and a modern railbus has been running here since 2007. After the destruction by the Russian invaders, the historic building of the Okhtyrka station is beyond restoration.
On March 8, 2022, as a result of a two-hour bombing of the city, Russian planes completely destroyed the 127-year-old building of the Okhtyrka railway station.
Okhtyrka, an ancient Cossack city with a population of about 50,000, is one of the cities closest to the Russian border in the Sumy region. From the first day of the full-scale Russian invasion, Okhtyrka suffered devastating blows. For 30 days, Russian troops fired heavy artillery at the city and dropped bombs on residential areas. Hundreds of homes were damaged and destroyed, and civilian and infrastructure facilities destroyed. The shelling killed at least 31 civilians, including one child.