Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago brought death, destruction and hardship to the country, and awakened fears of a new Cold War.
The February 24 attack resulted in more than 8 million Ukrainians fleeing their country in what was the greatest exodus of refugees Europe has witnessed since World War II. Moscow’s war machine has bombarded civilian infrastructure. Missiles, rockets and artillery shells have indiscriminately hit homes, hospitals and other public buildings, killing and wounding thousands. In some areas, the ruins of apartment buildings and crumbled bridges are now the prominent features of Ukraine’s new war-ravaged landscape. Bodies lie in the streets, in gardens, in houses. Fire-gutted cars and armored vehicles dot the roads.
EDITOR’s NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – The bodies of men, some with their hands tied behind their backs, lie on the ground in Bucha, Ukraine, April 3, 2022. 📸 Vadim Ghirda
In Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, where hundreds of civilians were found dead after a Russian withdrawal from the city last March, Ukrainian officials allege atrocities. Some corpses had their hands tied. Mass graves have been found. In Mariupol, attacks on hospitals, schools, residential areas and other civilian structures and sites protected under international humanitarian law became the norm. Ukrainians are often confined for hours in makeshift bomb shelters. Many have been in dire need of food and other aid. Russian attacks on the power supply during winter left many without heat and running water. At funerals for soldiers, civilians and children, Ukraine’s yellow-and-blue flag is a familiar sight. Associated Press photographers were there. This is a selection of their work.
Residents prepare tea in a basement being used as a bomb shelter in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, March 13, 2022. 📸 Felipe Dana
An explosion erupts from an apartment building at 110 Mytropolytska St., after a Russian army tank fired on it in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 11, 2022. On the seventh floor of the building, two elderly women Lydya and Nataliya were stuck in their apartment because they couldn’t make it down to the shelter, and were killed in the explosion. The two heavily burned bodies were buried by neighbors in front of the building. 📸 Evgeniy Maloletka
Ludmila, left, says goodbye to her granddaughter, Kristina, who, with her son, Yaric, departs by train from Odesa, southern Ukraine, on March 22, 2022. 📸 Petros Giannakouris
Ukrainians crowd under a destroyed bridge as they try to flee by crossing the Irpin River on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, March 5, 2022. 📸 Emilio Morenatti
Volodymyr, 66, injured from a strike, sits on a chair in his damaged apartment in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, July 7, 2022. 📸 Nariman El-Mofty
Ukrainian emergency personnel and police officers evacuate injured pregnant woman Iryna Kalinina, 32, from a maternity hospital that was damaged by a Russian airstrike in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022. “Kill me now!” she screamed, as they struggled to save her life at another hospital even closer to the frontline. The baby was born dead, and a half-hour later, Iryna died too. 📸 Evgeniy Maloletka
Ira Gavriluk holds her cat as she stands near the bodies of her husband and brother who were killed in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, April 4, 2022. 📸 Rodrigo Abd
Felipe Dana (AP), Vadim Ghirda (AP), Francisco Seco (AP), Evgeniy Maloletka (AP), Libkos (AP), Emilio Morenatti (AP), Petros Giannakouris (AP), Francisco Seco (AP), Daniel Cole (AP), Bernat Armangue (AP), Nariman El-Mofty (AP), Natacha Pisarenko (AP), Efrem Lukatsky (AP), Rodrigo Abd (AP), Efrem Lukatsky (AP), and Erik Marmor (AP)