Kharkiv residents face a difficult return home: Ukraine war in photos

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Ukraine war in photos: In Kharkiv, a difficult ‘win’ for Ukrainians

It’s a significant victory for the Ukrainian resistance: Russian forces have been driven out of Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, and — until the last few days — a crucial target of the Russian invasion. Following on the retreat from towns and small cities surrounding the capital, Kyiv, the news from Kharkiv is another blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Unlike Kyiv, which has been nearly unscathed by the war, and where no Russian troops have set foot, Kharkiv has been hit hard. In this curation of photos, one gets an idea of how difficult it may be to return home — or, for those who never left, how hard it will be to refashion anything like a normal life.

We also see examples of the detritus of the Russian assault: damaged power lines, unexploded rockets, the gash left in the side of an apartment, the gymnasium where Russian forces had been. And, on the dusty floor of a home hit by shellfire, an old book of postcards. Look carefully, and you can see the title: “Greetings from Kyiv.”

  • Tom Nagorski
    Tom Nagorski

    Global Editor

    Tom Nagorski is the global editor at Grid, where he oversees our coverage of global security, U.S.-China relations, migration trends, global economics and U.S. foreign policy.

  • Jake Garcia
    Jake Garcia

    Associate Producer, Multimedia

    Jake Garcia is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer for Grid.