Kharkiv Television Tower (Ukrainian: Харківська телевізійна вежа), most commonly known as the Kharkiv TV Tower (Ukrainian: Харківська телевежа), was a 240.7-metre-tall (790 ft)[2] steel truss television tower for FM-/TV-broadcasting in Kharkiv, Ukraine. It was destroyed as a result of a Russian strike during the Russo-Ukrainian War on 22 April 2024 and is planned to be restored only after the end of hostilities.[3]

Kharkiv Television Tower
Харківська телевежа
Kharkiv TV Tower in 2007
Kharkiv TV Tower is located in Ukraine
Kharkiv TV Tower
Location within Ukraine
Alternative namesKharkov Television Tower
General information
TypeSteel lattice television tower
Location1a Derevianko St., Kharkiv,  Ukraine
Coordinates50°02′37″N 36°14′07″E / 50.04361°N 36.23528°E / 50.04361; 36.23528
Opening12 December 1981
Destroyed22 April 2024
Antenna spire240.7 m (790 ft)
Roof139.9 m (459 ft)
Technical details

The tower was of similar design of the Kyiv TV Tower, but its design has legs of a closed metal structure. In addition, the tower was constructed with truss-like space frames, which are lightweight rigid structures constructed from/by interlocking and/or intertwining struts in a geometric pattern.[1] The Kharkiv TV Tower was the tallest building in the city and the fifth tallest TV tower in Ukraine.[4]

2022 airstrike edit

During the Battle of Kharkiv, as part of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on 6 March 2022, the tower and the stations administrative building were struck by eight FAB-500 bombs from a Russian Su-34 fighter jet, the station's administrative building and the tower's self-supporting metal structure sustained heavy damage as a result. The fighter jet was shot down by Ukrainian armed forces right after the bombs were dropped. The pilot ejected, landed and was detained by the National Guard of Ukraine. A year later, the Russian pilot who operated the fighter jet was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Ukraine.[5][6][7]

2024 destruction edit

Fragment of the tower after the strike

On 22 April 2024, the upper half of the TV tower was destroyed as a result of a Russian air strike using a Kh-59 cruise missile.[8][9][10] The following day there was no signal of digital terrestrial television in Kharkiv and the nearby settlements.[3] Authorities announced that the restoration of the TV tower will begin only after the end of hostilities.[3]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b "Kharkiv TV Tower, Kharkiv -". Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Харків (місто) — Ефірне телебачення та радіомовлення в Україні". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Kharkiv TV tower to be restored only after end of hostilities". Ukrainska Pravda. 23 April 2024. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  4. ^ "Харківська телевежа - Харків". (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 22 April 2024.
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  8. ^ "Окупанти вдарили по телевежі у Харкові". (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 22 April 2024.
  9. ^ "Mosca vuole spegnere la tv ucraina: abbattuto un ripetitore a Kharkiv (Video)" [Moscow wants to shut down Ukrainian TV: Kharkiv TV tower demolished (Video)]. (in Italian). Rai News 24 • LIVE. 22 April 2024. Retrieved 22 April 2024.
  10. ^ "Russian air strike took out TV tower in Ukraine's Kharkiv, Zelenskiy says". Reuters. 22 April 2024. Retrieved 22 April 2024. The Ukrainian leader said he told U.S. President Joe Biden about the airstrike that was carried out several minutes before they spoke by telephone.

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