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War And Hope In Pics | Surrounded by rubble, boy and cat clutch at hope and one another

Shells and bombs that rained down on Chernihiv, a northern Ukrainian city, for weeks have reduced its buildings and neighbourhoods to rubble.

April 14, 2022 / 11:17 AM IST
Both were in need of an embrace, the 12-year-old boy standing in the debris that was once his home. And the matted cat that wandered into the rubble. The child picked up the animal and they clutched one another amid the death and destruction of Chernihiv, a northern Ukrainian city besieged by Russian forces. (Image: AP)
Both were in need of an embrace, the 12-year-old boy standing in the debris that was once his home. And the matted cat that wandered into the rubble. The child picked up the animal and they clutched one another amid the death and destruction of Chernihiv, a northern Ukrainian city besieged by Russian forces. (Image: AP)
Shells and bombs that rained down on the city for weeks have reduced its buildings and neighborhoods to rubble. An elderly woman collects wooden planks in a street now gutted of homes. (Image: AP)
Shells and bombs that rained down on the city for weeks have reduced its buildings and neighbourhoods to rubble. An elderly woman collects wooden planks in a street now gutted of homes. (Image: AP)
One explosion left an enormous crater in the ground alongside decimated homes that appears dozens of feet deep. (Image: AP)
One explosion left an enormous crater in the ground alongside decimated homes that appears dozens of feet deep. (Image: AP)
As more world leaders on April 13 demanded accountability for war crimes carried out by Russian forces, men in protective gear exhumed bodies of civilians in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv. (Image: AP)
As more world leaders on April 13 demanded accountability for war crimes carried out by Russian forces, men in protective gear exhumed bodies of civilians in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv. (Image: AP)
Family and friends wept and comforted one another as they mourned the death of Anatoliy Kolesnikov, 30, outside a morgue in Bucha. He was killed by Russian soldiers in his car trying to evacuate from Irpin. (Image: AP)
Family and friends wept and comforted one another as they mourned the death of Anatoliy Kolesnikov, 30, outside a morgue in Bucha. He was killed by Russian soldiers in his car trying to evacuate from Irpin. (Image: AP)
Still, children in Bucha found a place to play. Their cheeks rosy from the chill, they rode bikes, they kicked a ball and they smiled. (Image: AP)
Still, children in Bucha found a place to play. Their cheeks rosy from the chill, they rode bikes, they kicked a ball and they smiled. (Image: AP)
Engineers inspect the state of destruction of the bridge that connects Kyiv with Irpin, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
Engineers inspect the state of destruction of the bridge that connects Kyiv with Irpin, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
A firefighter works at a central stadium damaged by Russian forces' shelling in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
A firefighter works at a central stadium damaged by Russian forces' shelling in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
A local resident prepares to cook at an entrance of a building damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in an area that Russian-backed separatists claim to control in the Ukraine city of Mariupol. (Image: AP)
A local resident prepares to cook at an entrance of a building damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in an area that Russian-backed separatists claim to control in the Ukraine city of Mariupol. (Image: AP)
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
A school director Iryna Homenko walks in the hall of the school damaged by an airstrike from Russian forces in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
A school director Iryna Homenko walks in the hall of the school damaged by an airstrike from Russian forces in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
Men walk in a street destroyed by shelling in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
Men walk in a street destroyed by shelling in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
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