The Battle for Kyiv, by Nicole Tung

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The Battle for Kyiv

Photographs from Ukraine

Shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the photographer Nicole Tung traveled to Kyiv. These photographs, taken in and around the capital, document the lives of Ukrainians who are attempting to flee, as well as those who have chosen to stay and fight.

All photographs by Nicole Tung for Harper’s Magazine © Nicole Tung

Refugees wait to be evacuated at the train station in Irpin, March 4, 2022.

A couple measures the time between contractions at a maternity hospital’s makeshift bunker in Kyiv, March 2, 2022.

A woman stands near the Kyiv TV Tower, which was struck by Russian projectiles, March 2, 2022.

Residents flee Irpin as fighting intensifies, March 7, 2022.

A gym in Kyiv, March 2, 2022.

Residents line up outside a grocery store in Irpin, March 3, 2022.

A woman and her daughter take shelter in an underground passageway at the Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv, March 1, 2022.

Civilians flee Irpin, March 3, 2022.

A woman holds her grandchild at the train station in Irpin, March 4, 2022.

A Ukrainian fighter walks by a destroyed bridge that previously connected Irpin with Kyiv, March 3, 2022.

A makeshift bunker at the Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital, March 1, 2022.

Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces stand in front of a barricade on the outskirts of Kyiv, March 5, 2022.

A woman sobs beside a relative who collapsed while attempting to flee Irpin, March 7, 2022.

A woman kisses her partner goodbye and prepares to evacuate Irpin with her young son, March 4, 2022.