Since the beginning of the full-scale offensive, Mykolaiv National University named after Vasyl Sukhomlynskyi has been shelled more than six times. The buildings were destroyed in stages, but the most damage was done the first and second buildings and one of the dormitories.
The missiles arrived twice in July 2022, then in August and in November. Even earlier, there were flights near the facility.
There is a large park near the university, in the middle of which there are several buildings, including an ancient building from 1913. In recent years, it has not functioned, but once studied here, and then taught Lyudmila Aristova, associate professor of the department of musical art of V.O. Sukhomlynskyi MNU.
"The university has a long history. Our music department used to be in this old building. Later, it began to collapse, so they moved to another building located next to it," Lyudmila Aristova said.
It was between the old and the new building that one of the enemy rockets fell and did not explode. The impact partially blew out the windows, but the music building suffered the least damage. The old building was not affected either.
"Surprisingly, this building was not damaged. It has long been considered to be in a state of emergency, but it is an architectural monument, so it is not being demolished," she said Olesya Oleksyuk, dean faculty of pedagogy and psychology.
Significant destruction did not stop the work of the university. Students study remotely.
Currently, the power supply of the intact part of the first educational building No. 1 has been restored, the windows and facades have been sewn up with OSB plates and film, and partial repair of one of the buildings has been carried out.
There was also a direct hit to the building of dormitory No. 1. A year before the war, it was closed for renovation and it was planned to make a family dormitory for young teachers.
"Students were moved to other dormitories. We were very worried when it was closed. And it turns out that this decision saved their lives," says Lyudmila Aristova.
Currently in the institution Chethey know when the work will begin to dismantle the damaged parts of the buildings in order to make design and estimate documentation, expertise and start restoration.
"I worked in different universities, but I never felt such a family atmosphere here," says Ms. Lyudmila, who is the author of All-Ukrainian textbooks for students of general secondary education institutions on "Musical Art" and "Art".
Lyudmila Aristova came from a dynasty of teachers, and it was her father, Serhiy Berezhny, who in 1993 headed the First Ukrainian Gymnasium in Mykolaiv (now Mykola Arkas Lyceum). The institution is located near V.O. Sukhomlynskyi MNU and was also destroyed by the Russian military.