Photo by Olena Dolzhenko | May 7, 2022 | Constitution Square, Kharkiv city. Russian bombing leaves Ukraine’s Kharkiv in ruins. On the roof of the Palace of Labor. An architectural landmark of the early 20th century was destroyed by three Russian air bombs on March 2, 2022.
Hundreds are dead, thousands injured. The morgues cannot cope with the daily toll inflicted by Russia. At one city-center facility, dozens of bodies are stacked in a courtyard, wrapped only in plastic bags or blankets. Yet Kharkiv’s people are determined that their city will stand, that life must continue among the ruins—even if, for now, it is a terrifying half-existence in the shadow of sudden death. Kharkiv citizens say: “They can bomb us for as long as they want: we will withstand it.”