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More than 70 rockets in the capital and center of Kharkiv - the consequences through the lens of Ukrainian documentary filmmakers

Photo by Pavel Florescu


Photo by Pavlo Petrov


Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


On the morning of January 2, Russians fired at Ukraine with drones and missiles of various types. First, the Russian military launched a wave of Shaheds in different regions, and then aimed almost a hundred cruise and aerial ballistic missiles at Kyiv. The air raid lasted almost 6 hours in total.

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


Photo by Pavlo Petrov


"The main focus of the attack is the capital of Ukraine," - emphasized the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi. He noted that the Russian military attacked civilian and critical infrastructure, as well as industrial and military facilities.

Photo by Pavel Florescu


The State Emergency Service reported that as of 14:00, two people died in a multi-storey residential building in the Solomenskiy district, and 48 others were injured. Psychologists are also working at the scene and have already helped 80 people. 

Photo by Kostyantyn Liberov


Photo by Pavlo Petrov


Photo by Pavel Florescu


President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also reacted to the morning attack on the capital: "Another strike by Russian non-humans. Almost 100 missiles of various types. At least 70 missiles were shot down, almost 60 of them in the Kyiv area. My condolences to all the families and friends of the victims."

Photo by Pavel Florescu


Debris from the downing of enemy targets fell in the Holosiivskyi, Darnytskyi, Desnianskyi, Obolonskyi, Pecherskyi, Sviatoshynskyi, Shevchenkivskyi, Podilskyi, and Solomianskyi districts of the capital. Photographer Pavel Florescu went to the latter two districts. He says he expected another massive missile strike on the capital after the wave of UAVs, just as it happened on December 29. So he prepared his camera and tracked the locations of the strikes.

Photo by Pavel Florescu


"It's important to take pictures of everything. A photograph is a documentation of what is happening. I used to photograph motorsports all over the world. My colleagues from Europe, the US and Canada follow me on social media. It is important for me to bring these pictures to them as well," - Florescu said.

Photo by Pavel Florescu


Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


Unlike Florescu, his colleague Viacheslav Ratynskyi stayed at home after the first explosions. He continued to watch the whistling of enemy missiles from the window of his house. The photographer saw puffs of smoke, burning high-rise buildings and warehouses. "You shouldn't go to the site of the destruction right away, because sometimes Russians practice repeated attacks," - explains Viacheslav.

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


The photojournalist advises to wait until the air raid is over before starting to photograph the aftermath: "The Russian military may strike again to cause as much damage as possible, especially if the State Emergency Service and police are already on the scene."

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


When the danger had passed, Ratynskyi went to Podilskyi and Solomianskyi districts. He saw people still fussing around one of the damaged buildings, trying to get into their injured home. "However, the rescuers were not letting them in," - says the photographer: "Everyone wanted to see what condition their apartments were in and whether anything could be saved. After all, they were left with nothing. Some women asked their husbands to go up to the apartment to take at least the most basic things: shoes or underwear. Everything they had was left inside."

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


Photo by Konstantin Liberov


Photographer Konstantin Liberov, who also documented the aftermath of the most massive attack on the capital, added that "it's impossible to be prepared for this. Even if your country has been at full-scale war for almost two years, it always feels like the first time," - he says.

Photo by Yakov Lyashenko


The morning was also difficult for Kharkiv residents. "Even the subway, which was close to the hit of the "Kinzhal" missile, was damaged," - says local photographer Yevhen Gertner.

Photo by Yevhen Gertner


Starting at 07:30, four explosions took place in Kharkiv. One person was killed and fifty others were injured as a result of the enemy attack. This was reported by the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov.

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

There are giant craters between the houses and burnt cars all around. Several apartment buildings were damaged.   

Photo by Yevhen Hertner


"I was most impressed by the place where the Kinzhal landed. It caused quite a lot of destruction, and this is despite the fact that the missile did not land near the house, but a little further away," - says Yevhen Gertner.

Photo by Yakov Lyashenko


Information about the victims and injured in Kharkiv is being updated, and rescuers continue to work at the scene.

Photo by Yakov Lyashenko


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