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Wreckage of life. The consequences of the shelling of a humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia in the photos of Serhii Korovainyi

The bodies of members of a convoy fired upon by Russian troops in Zaporizhzhia region. There were 118 people in the convoy, and 32 were killed. October 30, 2022. Photo by Serhii Korovainyi

On the morning of September 30, 2022, the Russian military launched missile attacks on Zaporizhzhia. They fired at a humanitarian convoy on the outskirts of the city. The missile attack killed 32 people and injured more than 80. Two children were among the dead. The shelling took place on the day when Russia announced the annexation of the occupied territories of Ukraine, including part of Zaporizhzhia region.

Today, the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers publishes photos by Serhii Korovainyi, who captured the aftermath of the rocket attack on Zaporizhzhia.

Black bags

On September 30, the Russian military fired 16 missiles at Zaporizhzhia using S-300 air defense systems. Several missiles hit the car market area and a convoy of civilians on the outskirts of the city, near the Zaporizhzhia-Orikhiv highway. More than 100 people were in the vehicles at the time of the attack. Most of them were local residents who were transporting food, medicine and other items to their relatives and friends in the occupied territory. Most of the people were injured or killed by S-300 missile fragments.

Military, police and medics load bodies into vehicles. October 30, 2022. Photo by Serhii Korovainyi

Serhii Korovainyi learned about the shelling of the convoy with civilians when he was with his colleagues in Kryvyi Rih. He decided to go to Zaporizhzhia. "My colleague and I arrived later than the local media. However, we managed to see the horror of what had happened. The bodies of the dead were still lying on the ground... Filming a convoy of civilian cars that had been shot at, as they were traveling to their relatives, was a difficult experience," says Korovainyi.

Cars destroyed by shelling at the scene of the tragedy. There were about 100 civilians in the convoy who were waiting to leave for the occupied territory to pick up their relatives or deliver aid. October 30, 2022. Photo by Serhii Korovainyi

The photographer recalls seeing only a few dead, the bodies of many people had already been covered. Bodies wrapped in bags were lying on the road, along the shot convoy of cars. Lots of bags. "Ambulances and small trucks were coming to the scene of the tragedy, and they were putting the dead in them. It was so hard, because one minute it was people, and now it was bodies in bags," says Serhii Korovainyi. "I remember a dog. That is, what was left of the dog. Someone's jaw was still lying on the asphalt." Another terrorist act of the Russian Federation to which the international community should respond.

A crater from an S-300 missile explosion. On that day, the Russian army fired 16 missiles at Zaporizhzhia. October 30, 2022. Photo by Serhii Korovainyi


Serhii Korovainyi is a Ukrainian documentary photographer who actively covers the events of the Russian-Ukrainian war. He collaborates with international publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian, Financial Times, and others. In his projects, he focuses on the Russian-Ukrainian war, ecology, and various aspects of Ukrainian modernity. He studied in the United States at the Master's Program in Visual Storytelling as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2018, he joined The Gate, a leading Ukrainian photo agency. Sergiy's work has been exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ukraine, the US and the EU.

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As a reminder, the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers has launched a series of materials dedicated to the key events of the Russian war against Ukraine, where it publishes memoirs and photographs of Ukrainian documentary photographers.

The project is being implemented thanks to the support of ЗМІN.


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