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The war destroys everything it touches. Ukraine will need a long time to recover from the unprovoked war started by Russia. However, Ukrainians are not sitting and waiting for better times. They have already begun cleaning their cities and villages from Russian garbage and rebuilding infrastructure.

Kyiv region took the hit in the first days of the full-scale war, when the Russian occupiers wanted to break into the capital and take it over. These towns and villages experienced active hostilities, the atrocities of the Russian army, and, in some places, even occupation. In early April, the Armed Forces of Ukraine completely liberated the region from the enemy.

Photographer Oleksandr Khomenko collected photos from Kyiv and the region, taken immediately after the fighting and a few weeks later, to show how Ukrainians are rebuilding their homes and public spaces.

The material is prepared by

Founder of Ukraїner:

Bogdan Logvynenko


Anna Yabluchna


Natalia Ponedilok


Oleksandr Khomenko

Photo editor:

Yurii Stefanyak

Graphic designer:

Katia Ptashka

Content manager:

Kateryna Minkina


Polina Hordiienko

Translation editor:

Alex Fylypovych

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