In pictures: One year of war in Ukraine

A Ukrainian serviceman looks on from inside a tank at a position in Donetsk region, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, June 11, 2022.        REUTERS/Stringer
A Ukrainian serviceman looks on from inside a tank at a position in Donetsk region, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, June 11, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
A year ago, on 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion on Ukraine.

Thousands have died in the conflict, while millions have been displaced and cities left in ruins. “When you attack us, you will see our faces. Not our backs, but our faces,” declared Ukrainian President Volodymur Zelensky when Russia launched its attack in Kyiv.

As the invasion began, hundreds of people headed for the Polish border on foot, trudging along the highway’s trash-strewn verge in sub-zero temperatures with children, pets and whatever possessions they had the strength left to carry, while those who remain in Ukraine are fighting for their freedom.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Joe Biden open a plaque with his name on the Alley of Bravery in Kyiv, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 20, 2023. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

On 20 February, US President Joe Biden demonstrated his support for Ukraine by visiting the war-torn city with President Zelensky.

“There will continue to be hard and very bitter days, victories and tragedies,” he said. “But Ukraine is steeled for the fight ahead and the United States, together with our allies and partners, are going to continue to have Ukraine’s back as it defends itself.”

A civilian trains to throw Molotov cocktails to defend the city, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi

Members of the Jewish community of Odessa flee Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Alexandra, 12, holds her sister Esyea, 6, who cries as she waves at her mother Irina, while members of the Jewish community of Odessa board a bus to flee Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis TPX

Below newlyweds, medical volunteers, nurse in an oncology clinic and doctor before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Nastya Gracheva and Anton Sokolov, pose for a photograph in aruined courtyard of shopping and office complex in central Kharkiv on April 3, 2022. – From the beginning of the Russian aggression, they began to provide free medical care to those in need at home, and when they ran out of medicines, they began to collect money and purchase medicines for residents of the city who needed them.

 (Photo by Sergey BOBOK / AFP) (Photo by SERGEY BOBOK/AFP via Getty Images)
Ukrainian soldiers
Ukrainian volunteer soldier Svitlana Kalanova poses alongside a colleague at a checkpoint in Kyiv on March 21, 2022. – Recently volunteers at Shershun’s checkpoint fired into a car painted with a red Russian military ‘Z’ symbol that tried to ram into them. The driver was shot and badly wounded. One of those who gave medical assistance to the assailant was Svitlana Kalanova, 21, a biochemistry graduate working on autoimmune diseases who specialises in first aid. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)
A work of world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy is seen at the wall of destroyed building in the Ukrainian town of Borodianka, which had been occupied by Russia until April and heavily damaged by fighting in the early days of Russian invasion, November 12, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
BUCHA, UKRAINE – APRIL 06: A man pushes his bike through debris and destroyed Russian military vehicles on a street on April 06, 2022 in Bucha, Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has accused Russian forces of committing a “deliberate massacre” as they occupied and eventually retreated from Bucha, 25km northwest of Kyiv. Hundreds of bodies have been found in the days since Ukrainian forces regained control of the town. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A new graffiti in Banksy’s signature style, although not posted by the mercurial artist on social media, is seen on the wall of a destroyed building in the Ukrainian town of Hostomel, which had been occupied by Russia until April and heavily damaged by fighting in the early days of Russian invasion, November 13, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Svitlana and her son Illia visit his new school in Irpin which is under repair as it was damaged by shelling, after they left Lysychansk where his school was destroyed by shelling and the city was occupied by Russian troops, Kyiv region, Ukraine August 10, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Kalush Orchestra, the winners of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, are welcomed by members of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service as they arrive at the Ukraine-Poland border crossing point near the village of Krakovets, in Lviv region, Ukraine May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk
Hollywood actor and Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller meets with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 20, 2022.
The Princess of Wales (left) speaks with the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, as she welcomes her to Buckingham Palace in London, ahead of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2022. Kirsty O’Connor/Pool via REUTERS
People dance to music as they take shelter inside a metro station during massive Russian missile attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine January 14, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Local resident Tamara, 71, cries in front of an apartment building destroyed during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 19, 2022.

Local resident Tamara cries in front of a destroyed apartment building in Mariupol

The Ukrainian government has shared a shocking video urging global leaders to close the skies over Ukraine (warning: graphic content).

In Kyiv, an elderly man is seen rummaging through his belongings in a building destroyed by a Russian missile.

A woman cries next to her children after fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at the border crossing in Siret, Romania, February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

In Kharkiv, shells of Russian missiles lie on the street.

A Ukrainian soldier plays the state anthem on a violin.

Medics walk outside the regional administration building, which city officials said was hit by a missile attack, in central Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy

Servicemen of the Ukrainian National Guard take positions in central Kyiv, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces Lesia Ivashchenko and Valerii Fylymonov exchange rings at their wedding during Ukraine-Russia conflict, at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
109 empty strollers are placed outside the Lviv city council during an action to highlight the number of children killed in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, on March 18, 2022 in Lviv, Ukraine. Lviv has served as a stopover and shelter for the millions of Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion, either to the safety of nearby countries or the relative security of western Ukraine. (Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)

A child sits on a swing in front of a damaged residential building, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A wounded woman is seen as airstrike damages an apartment complex outside of Kharkiv, Ukraine on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Members of the Russian diaspora hold banners and shout slogans against Putin’s war on Ukraine at Krakow’s UNESCO listed Main Square on March 20, 2022 in Krakow, Poland. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted widespread condemnation from Western countries and an array of economic sanctions imposed on its political and business elite, but there are ramifications for regular Russians as well. The value of the ruble is in free-fall, a wave of foreign businesses have suspended operations in Russia, and European airspace is largely closed to Russian planes. (Photo by Omar Marques/Getty Images)

A woman walks around the wreckage of an unidentified aircraft that crashed into a house in a residential area, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas



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