War crimes in Ukraine – The Destruction

War crimes in Ukraine – The Destruction

War crimes in Ukraine – The Destruction

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Across Ukraine countless civilians have lost their homes, their loved ones and their livelihoods since the Russian invasion began. The direct attacks on civilians, and attacks on civilian infrastructure including hospitals, schools, residential areas and sites protected under international humanitarian law such as cultural and arts sites are considered war crimes. Anyone who orders, or deliberately commits such acts, or aids and abets them, is responsible for war crimes.

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July 16, 2022 — 4.30am

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A man walks past the ruins of an apartment building complex destroyed by a Russian missile strike. Most of the buildings in the town were destroyed, including almost all of its main street. With 90 percent of residents having fled, only a few hundred remained in Borodyanka by the time the Russian forces withdrew leaving a cortège of death and destruction.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Nadiya Hurina 68 yrs a former teacher recounts the moment she and her sister embraced and said goodbye thinking they would die when her building in Borodyanka was almost completely destroyed by Russian airstrikes. Nadiya the only resident left in her building, lives alone in her burnt apartment, without food, water and power. She says she has cried so much she does not know where tears have gone. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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In Borodyanks, banners reading ‘we have been living here for 40 years. Remove the rubble – build our flats’, hang on the ruins of an apartment building complex where the entire middle section is gone and the remaining structure was destroyed by Russian missile strikes. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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The ruins of a school in Bakhmut that was destroyed by a Russian missile. Every school in Bakhmut has been impacted partially or completely destroyed.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A man, one of the few residents left in Barvinkove pushes his bicycle carrying a dog past the remains of a hardware building in the small town. There is currently heavy fighting on the outskirts of the town, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are currently holding Barvinkove in the Kharkiv region and not letting the Russian forces advance in the Izium area. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A residential apartment building on the eastern side of Bakhmut, close to Russian positions, that was destroyed by a Russian air strike that killed several civilians. Three bodies of civilians are believed to still be buried in the rubble. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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In Siversk a man stands at the gate of his home that has the words ‘people live here’ painted on it in an attempt to prevent it being targeted by Russian forces. Siversk in the Donetsk Oblast is under threat of being attacked and has been shelled and targeted by missile strikes by Russian forces. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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In the devastated town of Borodyanka, northwest of Kyiv, a woman utters words of distress as she walks past the ruins of an apartment building complex destroyed by a Russian missile strike. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A palm tree wallpapered wall is all that remains standing of a home destroyed by Russian shelling in Barvinkove. According to Ukranian officials there is currently heavy fighting on the outskirts of the town, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are currently holding Barvinkove in the Kharkiv region and not letting the Russian forces advance in the Izium area. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A woman listens to four incoming rounds from Russian forces in the city of Lysychansk. Russian occupying forces have taken the city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine which was once home to 100,000 people but now is a hollowed-out city. Ukrainian armed forces do not hold any territory in the Luhansk Oblast, one of the two Oblasts, the other being Donetsk Oblast, that Russia is fighting to seize.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Two women tend to the garden bed of the Ukrainian national poet Taras Shevchenko statue in the town square of Borodyanka where Russian occupying forces shot three bullets to his head. At the base of the statue is a plaque quoting one of his poems about the love for Ukraine.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A man walks past the ruins of the Borodyanka military history museum on the main street that was destroyed by Russian forces.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Aleksandr 51yrs cleans up the debris from his balcony destroyed when Bakhmut’s College of Trade building next door was hit by a Russian missile. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Maria Kruglova 83yrs is bedridden after her washing machine fell on her during a missile strike on her next door neighbour Viktor’s home that killed him. Maria’s son Sergei (right) is now caring for her and cleaning the debris from the home in Lozova, Ukraine. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A person works on the ceiling of a bunker where civilians are taking shelter from daily incoming Russian military strikes in Bakhmut.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Lidia Svistunova 89 yrs looks down at a destroyed car from the window of a third floor apartment in her building in Slovyansk where three people were killed in a missile strike on May 31st targeting the school next door. One woman was blown apart, one man was burnt to death, one Ukrainian soldier was killed & one was injured among others.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A school children crossing statue in front of school No 3 that was hit by a Russian missile strike where the bodies of five Ukrainian soldiers bodies lay in the rubble for up to eight days before they could be removed in the town of Siversk in the Donetsk Oblast.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Vira Andreyeva 67yrs pauses from cleaning up debris at the family home that was impacted by shelling by Russian forces, where a female neighbour died from shrapnel wounds to her head. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A statue in front of the ruins of Lozova’s newly renovated House of Culture now completely destroyed by a Russian missile strike on May 20th that injured seven people including a 11 year old child.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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School books are piled in front of the ruins of a school in Bakhmut that was destroyed by a Russian missile. Every school in Bakhmut has been impacted partially or completely destroyed. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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The Mayor of Barvinkove Oleksandr Balo stands next to the crater from a Russian missile now filled with water that destroyed and damaged nearby buildings. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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In Borodyanka, residents stand in front of the ruins of an apartment building complex destroyed by a Russian missile strike. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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In Borodyanka, a man stops to look at the ruins of an apartment building complex destroyed by a Russian missile strike.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A woman taking out her rubbish walks past an unexploded smerch rocket fired by Russian forces that has impaled in a road in front of her apartment building in the city of Kostyantynivka. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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In Bakhmut close to Russian occupied territory a family eats a meal outside their apartment building that no longer has running water or power as it was damaged when the building next door was destroyed killing three civilians. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A burnt metal map of Ukraine that is part of a window at the Borodyanka military history museum on the main street that was destroyed by Russian forces.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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