20/03 – 25/03. How Ukraine is resisting Russian occupation. Photo digest №5

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While residents in western Ukraine learn to use AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles and Kyiv nightclubs become shelters, Russian troops demolished one of the capital’s largest shopping malls, a Russian rocket fell in the middle of a cemetery in Mykolaiv but did not explode, and 45,000 people managed to evacuate from Mariupol in 6 days. To save their own lives, the last international journalists left the city with them.

21.03 Kyiv
The consequences of an air strike on one of Kyiv’s shopping malls, which is now a ruin.

Photo: Aris Messinis

20.03, suburbs of Kyiv
Tetiana Chornovol, formerly a government deputy and now a servicewoman, pulls an anti-tank missile from a car.

Photo: Gleb Garanich for Reuters

21.03 Mariupol, Pryazovia
Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka from the Associated Press were evacuated from Mariupol. They were the last international journalists in the city.

Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka for AP

20.03 Lviv, Halychyna
Locals learn to use AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles at the weekend.

Photo: Serhii Korovainyi

20.03 Kyiv
A popular nightclub that has been turned into a shelter.

Photo: Julia Kochetova

20.03 Lviv, Halychyna
A mother hugs her son, who arrived from the besieged city of Mariupol. For all Mariupol residents who have reached Zaporizhzhia, there are evacuation trains to the west of Ukraine.

Photo: Bernat Armangue for AP

20.03 Kyiv
Debris of war, removed from human bodies in recent weeks at a Kyiv hospital.

Photo: Oleksandr Ratushnyak

21.03 Kyiv
A Russian rocket hit 6-year-old Milana’s house, killing her mother. Volunteers are trying to calm the child.

Photo: Chris McGrath

21.03 Mykolaiv, Prychornomoria
A Russian rocket got stuck in the middle of a cemetery and did not explode.

Photo: Bulent Kilic

20.03 Lviv, Halychyna
People pray for Ukrainian soldiers during the liturgy at the Saints Peter and Paul Garrison Church.

Photo: Alexey Furman

March 22-23

Despite the ongoing full-scale invasion by the Russian occupiers, Ukrainians are holding on and uniting. In Kropyvnytskyi, a seven-year-old child sells flowers to raise money for a bulletproof vest, while in Prague, citizens light candles to illuminate the word “Children”, and the Lviv Philharmonic hosts a charity performance.

23.03 Kyiv
A house in the Shevchenkivskyi district after shelling by BM-21 Grads.

Photo: Aris Messinis

23.03 Lviv, Halychyna
Violinist Oleksii Semenenko prepares for a charity concert at the Lviv Philharmonic.

Photo: Yurii Stefanyak

22.03 Prague
Residents of Prague used candles to spell out the word “Дети” (“Children”) and the hashtag “Save Mariupol”, in support of Mariupol residents who have been living under fire of the Russian occupiers for a month.

Photo: Milan Jaros

22.03 Kharkiv, Slobozhanshchyna
Portrait of a Kharkiv resident who was injured by broken glass as a result of the blast wave.

Photo: Alex Lourie

22.03 Mariupol, Pryazovia
The scale of the destruction and fires in Mariupol, blockaded and shelled by the Russian army.

Photo: Maxar

23.03 Kropyvnytskyi, Podniprovia and Zaporizhzhia
Seven-year-old Varia sells flowers on the street to raise money for a level 4 bulletproof vest.
The poster reads: “Buy a flower and I will buy armour for our soldier. Glory to Ukraine!”

Photo: Telegram channel «Yednist» (“Unity”)

22.03 Kyiv
Officers of the Territorial Defense Forces take part in exercises.

Photo: Mikhail Palinchak

23.03 Brovary, Polissia
17-year-old Bohdana kisses her boyfriend, 19-year-old Ivan, who serves in the Armed Forces.

Photo: Vadim Ghirda for AP News

23.03 Kyiv
Statue of a warrior with a sword at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kyiv.

Photo: Atef Safadi

22.03 Kyiv
Broken glass around Lukyanivskyi market.

Photo: Mikhail Palinchak

March 24-25

The fifth week of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has begun. Residents of the temporarily occupied Kherson and surrounding cities continue to go to the demonstrations holding Ukrainian flags. In Berdyansk, the Navi of the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroys Russian ships. And in Kyiv, 15-year-old children are playing chess in the yard of a shelled house. Life goes on; the Ukrainian resistance is only getting stronger.

24.03 Kyiv
15-year-old Sasha and Anton are playing chess near the house destroyed by the wreckage of a Russian rocket.

Photo: Serhii Korovainyi

24.03. Kyiv
Firefighters continue to work, despite constant shelling.
The inscription on the firefighter’s helmet says, “Russian warship, go fuck yourself!”

Photo: Pavel Petrov

25.03 Novotroitske, Black Sea coast
Residents of Novotroitske attend demonstrations holding Ukrainian flags. Their posters say, “Novotroitske is Ukraine, not the Kherson People’s Republic,” “Occupiers – get out of Ukraine!”.

Photo: Suspilne Kherson

24.03 Berdyansk, Priazovya
The couple watches the burning of a large Russian landing ship destroyed by the Ukrainian Navy.

Photo: Planet Labs

25.03 Kharkiv, Slobozhanshchyna
The child plays games on the phone while hiding in the shelter.

Photo: Kirill Gonchar

25.03 Zaporizhia, Dnieper region and Zaporizhia
Zaporizhia Children’s Hospital provides medical care to children injured in the shelling in Mariupol.

Photo: Emin Özmen

24.03 Kharkiv, Slobozhanshchyna
A man walks on the wreckages of a house destroyed after Russia’s attack on Kharkiv.

Photo: Felipe Dana

24.03 Kyiv
A monument to Vladimir the Great in the capital’s center has been protected from possible bombings.

Photo: Nick Tymchenko

24.03 Kyiv
Silhouette of a man on a bridge carrying grocery bags. The city is covered in smoke after the Russian bombing.

Photo: Vadim Ghirda for AP News

25.03 Okhtyrka, Slobozhanshchyna
Maxim and Dasha finally managed to get to Okhtyrka to see their relatives. The city has suffered from the Russian military since the first days of the invasion.

Photo: Pavel Dorogoy

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