War in Ukraine. The horrors of war by Izium

16 December 2023
the battered townscape of Izium
The battered townscape of Izium, where more than 5,000 houses and 120 apartment blocks have been damaged or destroyed. Dec. 16 2023.
— Photo by Libkos / Getty Images


8 November 2023
A local resident walks amidst the debris at a site of a farm that was destroyed last year by Russian military strike in the village of Kamianka
A local resident Mykola, 68, walks amidst the debris at a site of a farm that was destroyed last year by Russian military strike in the village of Kamianka in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, November 8, 2023.
— Photo by Sofiia Gatilova / Reuters


24 October 2023
Sunset over a destroyed building in Izyum
The sun sets over a destroyed building in Izyum in Ukraine's Kharkiv region on October 24, 2023.
— Photo by Bram Janssen / AP Photo


2 September 2023
A grain storage that was destroyed during combat in the village of Dovhenke
A grain storage that was destroyed during combat in the village of Dovhenke, Izium Raion, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, 2 September 2023.
— Photo by Oleg Petrasyuk / EPA-EFE


9 July 2023
A view of debris of apartment complex, where 54 people were killed by Russian shelling, in Izium
A view of debris of apartment complex, where 54 people were killed by Russian shelling, in Izium, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine on July 9.
— Photo by Gian Marco Benedetto / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images


21 April 2023
An apartment building destroyed by Russian shelling on the outskirts of Izium
An apartment building destroyed by Russian shelling on the outskirts of Izium, Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, April 21, 2023.
— Photo by Carlos Barria / Reuters


10 April 2023
Local resident stands among the remains of his house destroyed in the village of Studenok
Local resident Mykola Lobko, 72, stands among the remains of his house destroyed last year by a military strike in the village of Studenok in Izium Raion in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, April 10, 2023.
— Photo by Sofiia Gatilova / Reuters


21 February 2023
An aerial view shows residential buildings damaged by shelling in Izyum
An aerial view shows residential buildings damaged by shelling in Izyum, Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine, on February 21, 2023.
— Photo by Ihor Tkachov / AFP


18 February 2023
Ukrainian doctor Yurii Kuznetsov walks through the destroyed surgery section of the hospital in Izium
Ukrainian doctor Yurii Kuznetsov walks through the destroyed surgery section of the hospital in Izium, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2023. Russian attacks have devastated Ukraine's health care system, raining down explosions upon hospitals and ambulances at a rate of nearly two a day for the past year, according to a study that attempted to document each strike.
— Photo by Vadim Ghirda / AP Photo


13 February 2023
A family is seen outside of a destroyed apartment building in Izium
A family is seen outside of a destroyed apartment building in Izium.
— Photo by Anadolu Agency / Anadolu


2 January 2023
Andriy Pleshan views the destruction near his cellar in Izyum
Andriy Pleshan, 60, views the destruction near his cellar in Izyum, in eastern Ukraine, on January 2. The 70-square-meter cellar where he continues to live also provided sanctuary during World War II.
— Photo by Sameer Al-Doumy / AFP


1 December 2022
damaged buildings in the Ukrainian town of Izyum
A Ukrainian man spent months digging through the wreckage of an apartment block to find the body of a close friend from his school days. Pavlo Holub lives in Izyum, and he carried out this work during the six-month Russian occupation of the town before it was liberated by Ukrainian forces in September. During this time, Holub says he was also ordered by a Moscow-appointed official to bury 17 Ukrainian soldiers in a mass grave.
— Photo / Video by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service


25 November 2022
A resident walks past heavily damaged buildings in the Ukrainian town of Izyum, Kharkiv region, on November 25.
A resident walks past heavily damaged buildings in the Ukrainian town of Izyum, Kharkiv region, on November 25.
— Photo by Anatolii Stepanov / AFP


3 October 2022
Ukrainian soldiers remove metal structure pieces as they work on a bridge damaged during fighting with Russian troops in Izium
Ukrainian soldiers remove metal structure pieces as they work on a bridge damaged during fighting with Russian troops in Izium, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. A series of embarrassing military losses for Moscow in recent weeks has presented a growing challenge for prominent hosts of Russian news and political talk shows scrambling to find ways to paint Kyiv's gains in a way that is still favorable to the Kremlin.
— Photo by Francisco Seco / AP Photo


30 September 2022
The wreckage of a Russian fighting aircraft shot down by the Ukrainian Armed Forces during a counteroffensive operation in a field near the town of Izium
The wreckage of a Russian fighting aircraft shot down by the Ukrainian Armed Forces during a counteroffensive operation in a field near the town of Izium, Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 30, 2022.
— Photo by Vladyslav Musiienko / Reuters


28 September 2022
Firefighters and Ukrainian army soldiers search for bodies of people killed during a Russian attack among the remains of a building beside a TV tower in the recently liberated town of Izium
Firefighters and Ukrainian army soldiers search for bodies of people killed during a Russian attack among the remains of a building beside a TV tower in the recently liberated town of Izium, Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 28, 2022.
— Photo by Zohra Bensemra / Reuters


27 September 2022
Flowers beside a destroyed building in the recently liberated town of Izium
Flowers beside a destroyed building in the recently liberated town of Izium, Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 27, 2022.
— Photo by Zohra Bensemra / Reuters


25 September 2022
Margaryta Tkachenko feeds her 9-month-old daughter Sophia in the recently retaken town of Izium
Margaryta Tkachenko, 29 years old, feeds her 9-month-old daughter Sophia in the recently retaken town of Izium, Ukraine, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.
— Photo by Evgeniy Maloletka / AP Photo


23 September 2022
A Ukrainian serviceman passes by a destroyed Russian tank near the village of Dolyna
A Ukrainian serviceman passes by a destroyed Russian tank near the village of Dolyna, Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 23, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


22 September 2022
Local resident looks at a cross from a destroyed church in the village of Kamyanka
Local resident Yuriy Zdorovets, 42, looks at a cross from a destroyed church in the village of Kamyanka, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 22, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


21 September 2022
Destroyed Russian cars in the village of Savyntsi
Destroyed Russian cars in the village of Savyntsi, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 21, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


20 September 2022
A destroyed building in the town of Izium
A destroyed building in the town of Izium, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 20, 2022.
— Photo by Umit Bektas / Reuters


19 September 2022
Local residents collect wood for heating from a destroyed school where Russian forces were based, in the recently retaken area of Izium
Local residents collect wood for heating from a destroyed school where Russian forces were based, in the recently retaken area of Izium, Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. Residents of Izium, a city recaptured in a recent Ukrainian counteroffensive that swept through the Kharkiv region, are emerging from the confusion and trauma of six months of Russian occupation, the brutality of which gained worldwide attention last week after the discovery of one of the world's largest mass grave sites.
— Photo by Evgeniy Maloletka / AP Photo


18 September 2022
A destroyed bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River near the town of Balakliia
A destroyed bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River near the town of Balakliia, recently liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 18, 2022.
— Photo by Sofiia Gatilova / Reuters


17 September 2022
Damaged houses in the town of Izium
Damaged houses in the town of Izium, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 17, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


16 September 2022
Izyum after russian occupation - no electricity, no water, no heating, no mobile communications
Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine. After russian occupation. No electricity, no water, no heating, no mobile communications. September 16, 2022.
— Photo by podyom


15 September 2022
A destroyed Russian multiple rocket launch system inside a farm in the village of Nova Husarivka
A destroyed Russian multiple rocket launch system inside a farm in the village of Nova Husarivka (near Balaklia), recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 15, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


15 September 2022
A military vehicle near a destroyed bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River in the town of Izium
A military vehicle near a destroyed bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River in the town of Izium, recently liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces during a counteroffensive operation, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 15, 2022.
— Photo by Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy / Reuters


14 September 2022
destroyed Russian tank in Izium
A destroyed Russian tank in Izium, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 14, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


13 September 2022
Destroyed civilian cars on a road near the town of Balakliia
Destroyed civilian cars on a road near the town of Balakliia, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 13, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


13 September 2022
Local residents crowd near a car distributing humanitarian aid in the town of Balakliia
Local residents crowd near a car distributing humanitarian aid in the town of Balakliia, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 13, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


13 September 2022
A local resident reacts as she waits for a car distributing humanitarian aid in the village of Verbivka
A local resident reacts as she waits for a car distributing humanitarian aid in the village of Verbivka, Izium Raion, Kharkiv Oblast, recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, September 13, 2022.
— Photo by Gleb Garanich / Reuters


13 September 2022
A Ukrainian flag waves above the City Hall in Izium
A Ukrainian flag waves above the City Hall in Izium, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. Ukrainian troops piled pressure on retreating Russian forces Tuesday, pressing deeper into occupied territory and sending more Kremlin troops fleeing ahead of the counteroffensive that has inflicted a stunning blow on Moscow's military prestige.
— Photo by Kostiantyn Liberov / AP Photo


11 September 2022
A Ukrainian soldier passes by a Russian tank damaged in a battle in a just freed territory on the road to Balakleya
A Ukrainian soldier passes by a Russian tank damaged in a battle in a just freed territory on the road to Balakleya in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.
— Photo by AP Photo