20 of the most powerful photographs taken in the first weeks of the Russian-Ukrainian war


Since Russia launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, thousands of civilians have died and millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their home country.

The war is the largest military conflict in Europe since World War II and has had repercussions on the global economy.

Photographers from around the world have captured the conflict, the violence and the effect the war has had on Ukrainian civilians and landscapes.

Their roles are more important than ever – recording the harsh reality of the situation and trying to report it to the rest of the world.

Here is Euronews Culture’s selection of 20 of the most powerful and moving photographs from the last two months of conflict in Ukraine.

This gallery contains graphic images.

1. Child at the window of a bus, March 9, 2022

A child looks out of a bus window with drawings on it as civilians are evacuated from Irpin, UkraineVadim Ghirda/AP

2. Kyiv firefighter, March 15, 2022

Vadim Ghirda/AP
A firefighter walks outside a destroyed building after a bomb attack in a residential area of ​​Kyiv, Ukraine.Vadim Ghirda/AP

3. Destruction in Kharkiv, March 24, 2022

Felipe Dana/AP
A man walks over the debris of a burning house, destroyed after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, UkraineFelipe Dana/AP

4. Sunflowers for Ukraine, March 11, 2022

Jae C. Hong/AP
A man holding sunflowers casts a shadow over a Ukrainian flag during a rally to show support for Ukraine in Los AngelesJae C. Hong/AP

5. Bomb shelter in Lviv, March 26, 2022

Nariman El-Mofty/AP
People take shelter underground following explosions in Lviv, UkraineNariman El-Mofty/AP

6. Firefighters in Kharkiv, April 11, 2022

Felipe Dana/AP
Firefighters work to put out a fire in a house after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, UkraineFelipe Dana/AP

7. Fear in Andriivka, April 6, 2022

Vadim Ghirda/AP
A 99-year-old woman, traumatized by the Russian occupation, is comforted by her daughter-in-law in Andriivka, UkraineVadim Ghirda/AP

8. Body bags in Bucha, April 12, 2022

Rodrigo Abd/AP
Volunteers load the bodies of civilians killed in Bucha onto a truck to take them to the morgue for investigationRodrigo Abd/AP

9. Saying Goodbye, April 4, 2022

Petros Giannakouris/AP
A father bids farewell to his nine-year-old daughter as the train with his family leaves for Poland, in OdessaPetros Giannakouris/AP

10. Search for property in the rubble, April 5, 2022

Vadim Ghirda/AP
A resident searches for belongings in a building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forcesVadim Ghirda/AP

11. Ukrainian soldier playing football, April 2, 2022

Rodrigo Abd/AP
A Ukrainian soldier plays with a soccer ball in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, UkraineRodrigo Abd/AP

12. A dog and a body, April 5, 2022

Felipe Dana/AP
A dog stands next to the body of an elderly woman who was killed in a house in Bucha, UkraineFelipe Dana/AP

13. Tied Hands, April 3, 2022

Vadim Ghirda/AP
The lifeless body of a man with his hands tied behind his back lies on the ground in Bucha, UkraineVadim Ghirda/AP

14. Kharkiv in flames, March 25, 2022

Felipe Dana/AP
A man salvages items from a burning store following a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine.Felipe Dana/AP

15. The funeral of Alexandr Khovtun, March 20, 2022

Felipe Dana/AP
Ukrainian servicemen attend the funeral ceremony of sailor Alexandr Khovtun, in Kyiv, UkraineFelipe Dana/AP

16. Crowd at Kyiv train station, March 4, 2022

Emilio Morenatti/AP
People crowd as they try to board a train to Lviv at Kyiv station, UkraineEmilio Morenatti/AP

17. Zelenskyy visits Bucha, April 4, 2022

Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the press in the town of Bucha, UkraineRonaldo Schemidt/AFP

18. Bucha from above, April 6, 2022

Rodrigo Abd/AP
Police work to identify civilians who were killed during the Russian occupation, before sending the bodies to the morgue.Rodrigo Abd/AP

19. Firefighter in Kyiv, March 23, 2022

Vadim Ghirda/AP
A Ukrainian firefighter sprays water inside a house destroyed by shelling in Kyiv, UkraineVadim Ghirda/AP

20. Peace for Ukraine, 9 March 2022

Anna Szilagyi/AP
People create a peace sign with lights as a demonstration for Ukraine at Heroes Square in Budapest, HungaryAnna Szilagyi/AP

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