A rocket is launched toward a Russian position in the Kherson region on Oct. 27, 2022. (Heidi Levine/for The Washington Post)
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upended millions of lives this year. The war has woven a tapestry of devastation: civilians and soldiers killed, homes destroyed, families sundered, millions of people made refugees. Neighbors turned against each other.
As the fighting rages on, its grinding length and scale risk blotting out or blurring together the passing moments of trauma, resilience, mourning, exhaustion and camaraderie that punctuate the lives of a people under invasion. Washington Post photojournalists have braved danger to capture lasting images of loss and love, which tell the story of 10 months of life in a nation at war.
Maria Kamianetska kisses her baby’s face Nov. 24 as her mother, Tetiana Svystunova, and her sister Lyuba hold her. The boy was killed less than 48 hours after his birth in a Russian missile attack that devastated a maternity unit of a hospital in the Zaporizhzhia region. (Heidi Levine/for The Washington Post)
George Keburia says goodbye to his children and his wife, Maya, after they boarded a train to Lviv at a station in Odessa on March 5. Hundreds were trying to leave before the violence of war reached the city. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
Ukrainian soldiers scramble to take cover June 2 under a tank during a bombardment near a road leading to the eastern city of Lyman, which Russia took control of. (Heidi Levine/for The Washington Post)
A Ukrainian soldier carries a man March 7 in an area on the outskirts of Kyiv where a bridge was damaged. (Heidi Levine/for The Washington Post)
Relatives of Ivan Lipskiy grieve at his casket during a service in Odessa on March 29, 2022, for Ukrainian soldiers. Lipskiy died on March 18 during a Russian airstrike that killed more than 40 Ukrainian soldiers in the city of Mykolaiv. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
Volunteers clean on May 3 an area in Kharkiv that was destroyed in a strike. (Wojciech Grzedzinski/for The Washington Post)
Wounded Ukrainian soldiers outside the embattled city of Lysychansk on June 26, 2022. A Russian strike hit them as they moved into the farm village of Verkhniokamianske. (Heidi Levine/for The Washington Post)
Irina Maniukina plays her piano after a strike in a residential area of Bila Tserkva on March 5, 2022. (Wojciech Grzedzinski/for The Washington Post)
Police officers investigate on April 6, 2022. the killings of civilians in Bucha. (Heidi Levine/for The Washington Post)
People in Mykolaiv board buses April 5, 2022, to evacuate to Odesa. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)