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With the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine found itself in the center of the world’s attention. Unprovoked aggression, terrible war crimes by the invaders, and the indomitability of Ukrainians despite the pressure of Moscow’s military machine has dominated headlines for almost 10 months. A year full of suffering and hope for victory and retribution — in this photo report from NV.

With the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine found itself in the center of the world’s attention. Unprovoked aggression, terrible war crimes by the invaders, and the indomitability of Ukrainians despite the pressure of Moscow’s military machine has dominated headlines for almost 10 months. A year full of suffering and hope for victory and retribution — in this photo report from NV.

A line of people trying to cross Ukraine’s border with Romania at the Siret checkpoint on the first day of the full-scale invasion. Russia’s aggression led to the biggest migration crisis since the Second World War – approximately 8 million Ukrainians left for various European countries.

Feb. 24, 2022

The body of a Russian soldier and burnt equipment on the district road near Kharkiv. Fierce battles were fought here in the first days of the full-scale invasion, when the Russians tried to quickly capture the city.

Feb. 24, 2022

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Women with their newborns hide in the basement of a perinatal center in Kyiv during an air raid. Since the start of the full-scale invasion, Russia has repeatedly struck civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and maternity homes.

March 2, 2022

Men carrying an elderly woman across the Irpin River near a blown-up bridge that led to Kyiv. This place became a kind of “road to life" for many residents of Irpin, Bucha, and Hostomel, who were fleeing from Russian troops.

March 8, 2022

Olha hugs her boyfriend Volodymyr at the train station in Lviv. On this day, Voldoymyr was being deployed to the front lines in the east of the country. In the first days of the full-scale invasion, tens of thousands of volunteers joined the ranks of the Territorial Defense and the Armed Forces to defend Ukraine.

March 9, 2022

A passer-by and paramedics help an elderly man who was injured after debris of a Russian missile fell on the capital’s Kurenivka district. Casualties were lower than expected, despite the fact that the Russians destroyed a trolleybus and damaged a residential building: one person died and six others were injured.

March 14, 2022

A nurse at a hospital in the city of Chuhuyev, Kharkiv Oblast, treats Oleh Smolin’s wounds, which he received during a missile attack.

April 1, 2022


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Serhiy, a boy who was wounded in the face and head, and also lost his fingers during a missile attack on his village in Kharkiv Oblast, in a hospital ward in Chuhuyev. Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, almost 500 children have been killed, and approximately 900 have been injured.

April 1, 2022

The hand of Iryna Filkina, who was shot by the Russian military in Bucha at the beginning of March. The woman was returning home on ehr bicycle when, without warning, Russian troops opened fire on her at the intersection near the infamous Yablunska Street. The body of this 52-year-old woman lay at the scene of the shooting for almost a month – until the Russians fled Kyiv Oblast. The photo of the woman’s hand, with her painted nails, which a Reuters correspondent took on April 2 after the liberation of the suburb, became one of the symbols of the atrocities of the invaders in captured settlements near the capital.

April 2, 2022

A block of residential buildings in Mariupol destroyed by Russian shelling. This port city on the coast of the Sea of Azov became the epicenter of heavy fighting almost immediately after the full-scale invasion. In order to capture the city, Russia even resorted to bombing residential areas, hospitals, and civilian structures that residents had been using as shelters: in particular, Mariupol’s Drama Theater.

April 3, 2022

An elderly woman carrying her cat home against the backdrop of a high-rise building destroyed by Russian bombs in Borodyanka, Kyiv Oblast, a few days after the invasion forces fled the oblast. At the time, the Kremlin explained the retreat from captured settlements in Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy oblasts as a "regrouping."

April 5, 2022

A rocket from a Smerch multiple-launch rocket system against the background of the destroyed building of the Kharkiv Oblast Administration, which was the target of repeated Russian missile strikes at the beginning of the full-scale invasion.

April 11, 2022

A fighter of the Ukrainian Azov regiment in a light beam penetrating the shelter of the defenders of Azovstal – the last place of organized military resistance to the Russians in Mariupol. The photo was published on May 16 by Dmytro Kozatsky, a soldier with the call sign Orest. He was the commander of the press service of the regiment and, together with other servicemen, was captured during the evacuation from Azovstal. Orest was exchanged in a prisoner swap in September, and his photos, became one of the symbols of the indomitability of the defenders of Mariupol.

May 7, 2022

The UK’s then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson, together with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, inspect\ the destroyed Russian equipment on Mykhailivska Square in the center of Kyiv. The head of the British government became one of the symbols of Western support for Ukraine, and his successors – Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak – have continued this policy.

June 17, 2022

Ukrainian servicemen install the national flag on Snake Island. This island was held by the invaders from the beginning of the full-scale invasion until June. This small piece of land in the Black Sea has become a symbol of the country’s resilience – it was here that a Ukrainian soldier, in response to a demand to surrender on Feb. 24, indicated to a Russian warship the direction in which it can go with its proposal. The Russians justified their escape from the island as a "gesture of goodwill" – this phrase later became a meme about the failures of the invaders.

July 7, 2022

Vyacheslav Kubata holds the hand of his 13-year-old son, who was killed during a Russian missile attack on Kharkiv’s Saltivka district on July 20. An elderly couple – a 69-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman – were also victims of the shelling. The 15-year-old sister of the murdered boy herself was seriously injured as a result of the strike. All of them were at a public transport stop near which a missile struck. The area was heavily bombed after the beginning of the Russian invasion.

July 20, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers fire from a British M777 howitzer on the front line in Kharkiv Oblast. Western partners began supplying these weapons, which are called "three axes" in the Armed Forces, only a few months after the start of the full-scale invasion – in May.

July 21, 2022

A resident of the village of Velyka Dymerka, Kyiv Oblast, walks past the wreckage of a Russian tank, which was destroyed by the Ukrainian military in the spring during an intense firefight that took place right in his garden. Cabbages, pumpkins, and flowers are now growing among the "legacy" of the invaders.

July 22, 2022

Ukrainians look at dozens of units of destroyed Russian equipment, which were placed right in the middle of Kyiv’s main street – Khreschatyk – on the eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day. As of the end of 2022, the Armed Forces destroyed almost 20,000 units of the invaders equipment – including more than 3,000 tanks.

Aug. 20, 2022

A field covered with craters from shells near Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast. This city, along with other settlements in the oblast, was liberated by the Ukrainian military during the September offensive.

Sept. 13, 2022

Policemen and criminal investigators at an exhumation site of bodies of those killed in the forest around the town of Izyum after the city’s liberation in September. In this mass burial site alone, almost 450 bodies of civilians and Ukrainian soldiers murdered by Russian forces were found. Many of them had traces of torture and posthumous abuse. Subsequently, several more mass graves found in the liberated territory of Kharkiv Oblast.

Sept. 17, 2022

Flames and smoke rise above the Kerch Strait bridge, which connects the Russian mainland to the occupied peninsula. Russian authorities claim that on Oct. 8, a truck bomb explosion caused a fire and the collapse of several spans of the bridge. Since then, the bridge, which is a key artery for supplying the Russian army in the occupied parts of southern Ukraine, has only been partially functional at best. Moscow promises to finish its repair in 2023.

October 8, 2022

Girls on a swing near School No. 134 in Kharkiv, which burned down during the battle with the advance forces of the invaders at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Russian paratroopers and GRU fighters, who entered the city on February 27, tried to gain a foothold on the school’s territory. The battle with them in the school lasted almost seven hours until the invaders were almost all killed. Several were captured.

Oct. 14, 2022

Police and military personnel with small arms try to shoot down a kamikaze drone during a mass attack on Kyiv on Oct. 17. These drones – Shahed-136 and Shahed-131 – were supplied to Russia by Iran, although officially, Tehran denies this. Since autumn, Russian forces have launched hundreds of these drones at civilian structures, which Ukrainians call "mopeds" or "brooms" for their characteristic sound and the shape of their hull.

Oct. 17, 2022

Residents of Kherson celebrate the liberation of the city by the Armed Forces of Ukraine by waving the national flag. Kherson fell under occupation at the beginning of March, after which the civilian population repeatedly staged mass protests. Russia was able to suppress resident’s civic resistance only thanks to heavy-handed repression, and after retreating from the city, it has resorted to constantly bombing the city with artillery from the left bank of the Dnipro River.

Nov. 12, 2022

A resident of Kherson kisses a Ukrainian soldier who entered the city together with other military personnel after the Russians fled on Nov. 11.

Nov. 13, 2022

Fighters of the 93rd Separate Mechanized Brigade of Kholodnyy Yar fire from a mortar in Donetsk Oblast. By the end of the year, this area became the site of the fiercest battles on the front.

Nov. 20, 2022

Kyiv loses power after another missile strike by the Russians at the end of November. In the fall, Russia began regularly striking critical civilian infrastructure in various regions of the country. This has resulted in emergency blackouts and interruptions in heating and water supply.

Nov. 23, 2022

An elderly woman with a child places a candle near a monument to the victims of the Holodomor during a ceremony commemorating the tragedy of 1932-33 – the fault of genocidal Soviet policy. This year, in many cities, these celebrations took place almost in the dark – many cities in Ukraine lost power after another massive attack by Russia.

Nov. 26, 2022

Police officers look at the wreckage of various types of missiles that Russia used to hit Kharkiv. A dump of thousands of these munitions was set up near the city – it’s become an unmistakable symbol of Russian aggression.

Dec. 3, 2022

People sit on the steps of an escalator in the Kyiv metro during another Russian missile attack. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, the capital’s metro system has become a reliable refuge for thousands of residents.

Dec. 5, 2022

A seriously wounded Ukrainian soldier is waiting for help in the Bakhmut hospital. This city near Donetsk has been unsuccessfully assaulted by invading Russian forces since the summer. Despite significant losses, Ukrainian defenders continue to hold Bakhmut, which they call their fortress – on Dec. 20, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy even came to the frontlines there on a visit.

Dec. 5, 2022


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President Zelenskyy shoots a video to congratulate the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the city of Slovyansk in Donetsk Oblast. The President regularly visits newly liberated Ukrainian cities and has been close to the front more than once.

Dec. 6, 2022

Lyubov Onishchenko, a resident of the village of Kuprianivka in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, examines the remains of her belongings in her apartment’s kitchen, which was destroyed by a Russian strike.

Dec. 7, 2022

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