In March 2014, the Ukraine war began when pro-Russian separatists took over the government buildings in Eastern Ukraine. Over 4500 people have died and there are still thousands of refugees displaced from their homes due to the ongoing conflict. The photos below show how much things have changed since Russia invaded on that day until today.,
The “ukraine war photos 2022” is a collection of before and after images from the Ukraine War. The images are mostly black and white, but some have color.
CNN’s Mariya Knight, Sharif Paget, and Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.
30th of March, 2022
Inna Sheremet, who has spent her whole life in Ukraine, recalls walking her dog every day in the Bucha woods.
However, she heard the blasts at 5 a.m. on February 24.
Sheremet told CNN that she “packed my belongings, got the dog, and escaped” before her fifth-floor flat was bombarded and destroyed.
Her old life, which included visiting friends, cooking kebabs outside her home, and riding across the city, was no longer with her. “My whole existence prior to the conflict has been obliterated,” Sheremet remarked. “I just have a little bag of clothing and a dog left.”
Before the invasion, Inna Sheremet catches life in Bucha on a lovely day. Inna Sheremet contributed to this article.
People take cover in Bucha during relentless shelling. Credit: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty ImagesA dog stands between destroyed Russian armored vehicles on March 4 after the city was attacked. Credit: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images
Bucha, in Kyiv Oblast, is one of several cities throughout Ukraine that have been ravaged by Russia’s unprovoked invasion. As millions are forced to leave or seek refuge, everyday sights of traveling to work and hanging out with friends on weekends have been overtaken by the horrors of war.
On March 12, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “A few tiny villages just do not exist anymore.” “It’s also a tragedy.” They’ve just vanished. People have also vanished. They are no longer with us. As a result, we’re all on the front lines.”
Since the battle started more than a month ago, CNN talked with people who have had their whole lives disrupted. Their accounts of the damaged landscapes that previously housed their hometowns demonstrate how much has already been lost. But also, as Ukrainian soldiers continue to reject Russian advances, what they’re fighting to safeguard. Here’s what they’ve got to say about it.
Before the war, the town square at night in front of the Irpin City Council. Mariana Ianovska/Adobe Stock/Adobe Stock/Adobe Stock/Adobe Stock/Adobe
Residents evacuate Irpin on March 10 as Russian troops near. Credit: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople remove their belongings from a burning house on March 4 after intense Russian shelling in the city. Credit: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images
Olga Dobrelia arrived to Irpin thirteen years ago, at a time when the city was transitioning from a tiny resort town to a sanctuary for many families and young professionals only 30 minutes outside of Kyiv. Dobrelia grew up in the area and knew all the finest coffee shops and wood-fired pizza joints.
“At whatever time of the year, we loved and will love our Irpin,” she told CNN. “Even after the war,” she says.
During the early stages of the invasion, Russia launched a missile barrage and shelling on the city, resulting in extensive devastation.
As adjacent explosions “created such an echo that the ground rocked beneath our feet,” Dobrelia reported taking refuge in her home’s basement.
“The kids wailed, and they were terrified to return to the home.” Her family quickly escaped, going several hours south to the Cherkasy area.
Meanwhile, heavy combat has resumed throughout the city.
“When the enemy’s equipment is reloaded, individuals leave the shelter and have the chance to tell their loved ones that they are alive or to seek assistance. “They also attempt to heat the water over a fire,” Dobrelia stated. “It’s been a dreadful existence.”
Families gather at a children’s park in July 2021. Credit: Aleksandra Bayvidovich/InstagramResidents walk along a street in Borodyanka on a sunny day before the war. Credit: Aleksandra Bayvidovich/Instagram
After the invasion, Russian shelling damaged a residential building in Borodyanka. Credit: Reuters/Maksim Levin
Borodyanka, a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Kyiv, was heavily attacked within a week of the invasion.
A major apartment complex was devastated in a missile attack, and there was persistent Russian bombardment. On March 5, Oleksiy Kuleba, the chairman of Kyiv’s Regional State Administration, claimed, “There is no Borodyanka.” “It’s practically entirely demolished.” The city center is a complete disaster. Borodyanka is ruled by Russian forces, who have complete authority over the town.”
Victor told CNN that he contacted an acquaintance just before the violence broke out, saying he had a horrible feeling. To preserve his anonymity, CNN has agreed to only use his first name.
“Week by week, I leave for the capital, where I have worked for decades.” But the final time I left Borodyanka, I had the unmistakable impression that I was departing for the last time,” he said.
Victor remained at work and spoke with his wife and children, who he claims are hiding from the Russians without light, water, or food, attempting to make the most of a bad situation.
“We’ve seen the most heinous invasion,” Victor added. “We will stay on, hoping that our troops and those who assist us will be able to halt Putin in Ukraine and prevent this ruthless fire from spreading to Europe.”
Olena Smolych captures someone tending to a field in Moschun before the war. Credit: Olena SmolychHomes lie in ruins after heavy shelling of the village by Russian forces. Credit: Olena Smolych
After visiting friends in Moschun, Olena Smolych and her family fell in love with the “picturesque” hamlet.
They foraged went mushrooms in the woods and took their 4-year-old kid to a local stable to learn how to ride a horse. They ultimately completed the construction of the family house of their dreams. When the war broke out, people hoped that because of its isolated location, Moschun would be spared the worst of the fighting.
“We weren’t going anywhere,” Smolych said emphatically. “We thought Moschun was safer than Kyiv, and that if there was a water or power shortage, it would be simpler to live in the hamlet.”
However, as the war started, the distant sound of shelling could be heard at all hours. “The noise was loud, and our youngster was terrified. We chose to leave on the second day of the conflict only to get the kid away from the sound of shelling, which was still far away.” Her mother and brother remained in Moschun, assuming it would be safer, while she and her family escaped to western Ukraine.
Water was shut off on the second day of the fighting, according to Smolych. The gas was gone the following day. On day nine, she lost contact with her mother and brother, and it was only on the 19th day that they were rescued by Ukrainian Armed Forces forces.
“Heavy artillery was constantly destroying buildings in the area, and rifle fights were waged in the streets and in the forest,” Smolych said. “They were without heat, power, communication, or gas for 19 days in this hell.”
Around half of the community is now in ruins, according to their calculations, Smolych added. On March 14, satellite photographs from Maxar Technologies revealed that virtually every home in the village’s northwestern section had suffered considerable damage.
Outside the Chernihiv Philharmonic Centre for Festivals and Concerts on a spring day in 2020. Koshmal Victor/Ukrinform/Future Publishing/Getty Images/Koshmal Victor/Ukrinform/Future Publishing/Getty Images
Smoke rises on March 4 behind the railway station of Chernihiv. At least 47 people died on March 3 after Russian forces hit residential areas, officials said. Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty ImagesA hotel is seen destroyed following a suspected air strike on March 12. Credit: Oleh Holovatenko/Reuters
Chernihiv is a historic city with churches dating back to the eleventh century. Victoria Aryshchenko grew up, went to school, and started her profession in the city where she was born.
“I like the city because of its plenty of parks,” she told CNN. “There are cafés and eateries along pedestrian streets. A stadium was present. A spotless beach in the city. There are several sports grounds. “Theatres and philharmonic orchestras.”
However, once Russian strikes started, the city’s tranquility was quickly destroyed. Around 5 a.m. on February 24, Aryshchenko was woken by the distant sound of explosions, but life continued on as usual.
“We knew what it all meant for us when missiles struck our homes at night and blew out the windows.” According to Aryshchenko, the city lacked heat, power, and running water. Some others didn’t even have access to gas. Food is sparse, with lines stretching for up to three hours if anything does open.
“Now we live from siren to siren, particularly in the dark, when nothing is visible and it’s unclear from which direction the threat may arise.”
She recounted how Russian shelling was increasing in locations where people would ordinarily congregate. People evacuate the city at their own risk in private automobiles, she added, since there is no agreed-upon evacuation channel.
“Right now, I’m at home.” Despite the fact that the combat is ongoing, we are already used to staying at home and spending our days there. We shelter in the basement of our building at night when there is a danger from the sky.”
Before the invasion, an overhead picture of Yakivlivka in the Kharkiv area. Pavel Babeshko/Flickr
Yakivlivka has been left devastated by the Russian bombardment. Credit: ITNHomes and other buildings were obliterated in Yakivlivka. Credit: ITN
Yakivlivka is a peaceful hamlet in northeastern Ukraine, located just south of Kharkiv. Elena Guzenko claimed she frequented the area for a stroll or to visit relatives’ graves. In the spring, she also gathered pure water there.
“There is magnificent scenery there, and there is a pond in the town center.” Locals put forth a lot of effort to create and maintain it. A lovely wooden chapel was erected a little more than ten years ago. “The whole district went on a ride to see it,” she said. “It’s now broken as a result of the Russian bombardment.”
Four Russian air attacks, according to residents, wreaked havoc on the little community. Houses have been devastated, and locals are laboring to clean up the area despite no help coming, according to reports and videos.
“War and bombardment separated existence into two halves,” Guzenko said. “So many people have died, and so many homes have been devastated.”
People walk along Mariupol’s coast on February 11. Credit: Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesChildren play football on February 17 — a week before the Russian invasion of Ukraine begins. Credit: Pierre Crom/Getty Images
On March 9, Ukrainian emergency workers work at the side of a maternity facility that was shelled. Evgeniy Maloletka/Associated Press
Mariupol, which formerly had a population of over 400,000, was once a tranquil city with parks, squares, and fountains. When the conflict broke out, however, meeting places became targets for Russian attacks.
As the strikes got closer, vital supplies including water, gas, electricity, and communications were cut off. According to the municipal council, a maternity facility and a school were destroyed, which were widely denounced as war crimes, as was a theater where hundreds of families were finding refuge, killing an estimated 300 people.
“We learnt to tell the difference between the sounds of enormous artillery pieces, hailstones, and bombs falling,” Tatyana Buli, director of the Kuindzhi Art Museum, told CNN.
Buli said that a Russian aircraft bomb exploded near their residence on March 10. The blast wave blew out the windows of their flat and wrecked their automobile. The following day, a shell landed in their building’s corridor.
“A number of people were slain. “Evacuation hopes were dwindling,” she stated.
Buli and her family ultimately escaped to safety while the battle raged. “Our neighborhood didn’t really exist,” she said. “It was wiped out.”
Ivan Kuznetsov provides a glimpse of Mariupol before the invasion. Credit: Ivan KuznetsovA damaged church shown on March 10 after shelling in a residential district. Credit: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP
Mariupol is under siege, with latest reports indicating that the situation is worsening, with more residential structures being damaged and rubble piling up in the streets.
Ivan Kuznetsov, who was born and reared in Mariupol, was in Kyiv when the invasion began. He quit his day job and joined the Armed Forces’ Territorial Defense of Kyiv, assisting the military in evacuating residents, fortifying structures, and assisting the military in the case of Russian advances.
Since March 2, Kuznetsov has not heard from any of his remaining family members in Mariupol, including his mother and 90-year-old grandmother.
“The last thing I heard from my family was that there was no light, water, or heat in the home; it’s difficult for me to image the circumstances there are today, considering how chilly it is at night, but what I witnessed… is horrible.”
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