The Matter of War, by Nicole Tung

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The Matter of War

Photographs from Ukraine
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Nicole Tung is a photojournalist based in Turkey.

Yaroslav Malaiev, a Ukrainian soldier, stands beside a priest after the funeral service for his father, Roman Malaiev, who was killed in battle outside Kyiv, March 15, 2022. All photographs by Nicole Tung for Harper’s Magazine © Nicole Tung

Mines near a berm outside Kyiv, March 8, 2022

Civilians take shelter in a metro station in Kharkiv, March 31, 2022

Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces make tea in the trenches outside Kyiv, March 17, 2022

A mother and her newborn in a makeshift bomb shelter in Kyiv, March 2, 2022

Kyryl Chebotov, a painter, surveys a church mural that he had been working on in Kharkiv before the Russian invasion, after which he helped his family evacuate and began working as a combat medic, April 3, 2022

Firefighters attempt to salvage a residential building in Kyiv that was hit by a Russian air strike, March 15, 2022

A trench outside Kyiv, March 17, 2022

The family of Ivan Lipskiy, who was killed during a Russian air strike on military barracks in Mykolaiv, at his funeral in Odesa, March 29, 2022

Tatiana Zalyutova recovers belongings from her house in Mykolaiv, which was damaged in a Russian air strike, March 24, 2022

Volunteer fighters walk by a destroyed Russian missile launcher outside Bashtanka, March 27, 2022*

Ukrainian forces survey the damage in Bucha, April 6, 2022

The bodies of civilian victims in Bucha, April 6, 2022

Workers place sandbags around Ukraine Flying, an independence monument in Kharkiv, March 31, 2022

* This caption incorrectly identified a Pantsir air defense system as a rocket launcher. In fact, it is a missile launcher. We regret the error. 

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