A Way Out of Irpin, by Nicole Tung

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A Way Out of Irpin


On February 24, Russian troops invaded Ukraine in the largest European military action since World War II. One week after the conflict began, the photographer Nicole Tung traveled to Irpin, a city just outside the capital of Kyiv, and the scene of some of the heaviest fighting.

Nicole Tung is a photojournalist based in Turkey. All photographs by Nicole Tung for Harper’s Magazine © Nicole Tung.

Civilians flee Irpin, Ukraine, March 7, 2022

A woman cries as a full train of evacuees leaves Irpin, March 4, 2022

Residents of Irpin react to the sound of shelling, March 7, 2022

Evacuees make their way over the ruins of a bridge on the outskirts of Irpin, March 7, 2022

A crowd of primarily women and children waits to evacuate at the Irpin train station, March 4, 2022

A woman walks past the remains of a building destroyed in a Russian attack, March 3, 2022

Civilians flee heavy fighting on the outskirts of Irpin, March 7, 2022

The bodies of Russian soldiers in Irpin, March 7, 2022

Residents of Irpin take shelter in a church, March 7, 2022