50 emotional photos from the Ukraine war that will make you appreciate even the small things in life
It is the eighth day of the war in Ukraine, and the attacks of the Russian army continue. New explosions took place overnight in Kyiv and Kherson, while anti-aircraft sirens sounded in many other cities. Ukrainian authorities have confirmed that Kherson and the surrounding area are under Russian military control. The head of the regional administration asked the residents to stay in the house, because the Russians are everywhere in the city and they are dangerous. And the mayor says he is having a hard time gathering the dead and burying them, as well as delivering food and medicine. The strategically important port city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov is surrounded by Russian troops.
The United States fears an increase in the number of civilian casualties in Ukraine, in a context in which the Russian army seems determined to bomb large cities to force Ukrainians to surrender, a senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday.
One million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since the start of the Russian invasion a week ago, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Thursday.
The 50 emotional photos from the Ukraine war:
1. People running from cities
2. People left without houses
The town of Borodianka, northwest of the capital Kyiv, was destroyed by Russian army bombing. Residential buildings were hit by rockets on Wednesday and Wednesday night through Thursday.
On Wednesday, a local filmed a Russian tank firing a shell at the block where he lived.
A Ukrainian delegation is traveling by helicopter to meet with Russian counterparts in the second round of talks, according to Reuters, which quotes a Ukrainian presidential adviser.
Talks between Ukraine and Russia will begin in a few hours, Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mihai Podoliak said in a post on social media.
Russian forces have occupied the Kherson regional administration building, regional governor Hennady Laguta said, according to The Guardian. The city is strategically important, being a port city on the Dnieper River, with access to the Black Sea.
6. Kids crying everywhere
Russia's defense ministry says it has captured Kherson on Wednesday, but Ukraine says its forces continue to defend the Black Sea port, which has a population of about 250,000.
Kherson Mayor Igor Kolikhaiev said in a Facebook post on Thursday morning that Russian troops have control of the town hall and that residents should stay in their homes.
Kolikhaiev said he had made "no promises" to Russian forces and was only interested in normal life in the city. "I just asked them not to shoot people."
Restrictions imposed on the city include a traffic ban from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am, with permission to enter the city only for vehicles carrying food, medicine and other goods.
The situation in the capital Kyiv is "difficult, but under control", the mayor of the city, the former boxing champion Vitali Kliciko, declared on Thursday, according to Guardian, quoting Reuters.
7. No hope
He said there were no casualties during the night and that the explosions were from the Ukrainian air defense, which shot down Russian missiles. Russia's bombings on Wednesday caused damage to the city's district heating system, which will be repaired on Thursday, Kliciko said.
A rocket or a bomb hit a cargo ship registered in Bangladesh in the Ukrainian port of Olvia on the Black Sea, killing one of the crew members, the ship's owner announced on Thursday. Rescue operations are currently underway for the other crew members.
Vladimir Putin gives the impression that he is a lone leader, leading the Russian army alone in a war that threatens his country's economy. It is true that in his capacity as supreme commander of the armed forces, he is responsible for the invasion of Ukraine, but any decision taken comes after consultations with his deeply loyal entourage.
Many of his relatives, with whom he consults in decision-making, have started their careers in the security services, says the BBC, which reviewed Vladimir Putin's circle of relatives.
More than 700 people protesting against the war in Ukraine have been arrested in Russia in the last 24 hours.
More than 700 people have been arrested in more than 25 Russian cities during new protests against the war in Ukraine, according to the civil rights portal OVD-Info.
11. Suffering people
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again threatened Western countries in an interview with state television on Thursday. "If they are going to start a real war against us, then they have to think carefully," Lavrov said when asked about Russia's nuclear bomb threats.
He said the West was preparing for war with Russia, and that the nuclear threat was "not in the minds of the Russians." Asked about Russia's war crimes in Ukraine, Lavrov made a hallucinatory statement in which he accused the Ukrainian military of robbing civilians in cities attacked by Russians and using them as human shields. He also said that Russia would continue its military operation in Ukraine "until the end", according to Sky News and Reuters.
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, convened a meeting of the Security Council. At the previous meeting, Putin decided to recognize the independence of the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.
Residents of the key Black Sea port of Odessa have stepped up their efforts to defend it against a Russian attack from the sea after a convoy of Russian warships was spotted, and the United States warned that the attack could take place again.
13. There is still a hope
14. After bombing
15. Every life matter
Residents of the city reported a significant increase in Russian airstrikes on Thursday, as images of beaches near the city, mined and prepared for the Russian attack, appeared.
The convoy of Russian warships appears to include 4,080 tons of large landing craft and support ships of the Ropucha class.
Two weeks before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, several Ropucha-class ships - each carrying ten tankers - entered the Black Sea under the pretext of conducting exercises with a larger Ivan Gren-class landing ship. which can carry 13 tanks or 40 smaller armored vehicles.
The loss of Odessa, Ukraine's largest port city, would be an economic catastrophe for Ukraine, writes The Guardian.
An oil tanker has been bombed in the Chernivtsi region, northeast of Kyiv, according to images released by Ukrainian emergency services on Thursday morning.
A projectile hit a group of fuel tanks with a total capacity of 3,000 cubic meters, according to authorities. Chernivtsi was the target of several overnight air raids.
16. In the shelters
17. Kids left without fathers
19. Houses in Ukraine
20. Centers of cities
22. Now in Ukraine
24. No more hope
26. Burning cities
27. Nothing left
28. People running
29. War in 2022
30. Burning cars
31. Tanks riding cars
32. Streets in Ukraine
33. Bombing in Ukraine
34. Crying kids
35. Saying goodbye
36. Nearly a week passed
37. People sleeping in metro
39. Ruining cities
40. Nights here are horrible
41. Whole house burning
43. Civilians getting ready
44. Residential houses
45. City center
47. Waiting for the tanks
50. Ukraine now
50 emotional photos from the Ukraine war
These photo sets are a reminder of the pain and suffering that people go through in the Russian-Ukrainian war. The photos capture the fear, sorrow, damage and horror of the Ukraine war. They show us how little control we have over our lives when we are on the battlefield.
These pictures will definitely make us appreciate all the things in our lives.
Unofficial refugee Nikita Hilson compared himself to IT-saboteur Edward Snowden, after which he had an accident on a tour bus on his way across the UA border.
Having overcome the border control and having passed the crossing of the Crimean bridge, the minibus stopped near the Krym in Sudak. Due to problems with transport, all unwanted guests, including the author, were seated in paddy wagons and returned back to RF — says the artist's representative Dmitry.