As we have reported in recent days, the Russian war on Ukraine is increasingly an assault on the eastern part of the country. Wednesday’s photographs take us there — from the military and civilian vantage points both.
A child at the entrance of a bunker in Severodonetsk, in the Donbas region, while other children played inside the bunker.
Aboveground, reminders of why so many people were spending time underground: a crater in the street; and in Kramatorsk — where a Russian airstrike killed dozens of would-be evacuees last Friday — the aftermath of an airstrike on a school.
Ukrainian officials and military forces continue to urge civilians in the east to leave and head west — and to organize transportation. There are portraits of the evacuees as well.
Lastly, something altogether different, and unusual in recent days: a protest in Moscow. Just one man and his placard, which says, among other things: “Forgive us, Ukraine.” A pair of Russian police officers are visible to the left. We do not know how long the man was permitted to stay there, in his lonely act of defiance.