Images from Ukraine capture 100 days of suffering, resilience amid war with Russia

As the Russian invasion entered its 100th day, the images from Ukraine show human suffering and resilience. The unsparing images show that the country has been transformed in the blink of an eye.

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Images from Ukraine capture 100 days of suffering, resilience amid war with Russia
Destroyed Russian armored vehicles stand idle on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 31, 2022 (Photo credits: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The war in Ukraine continues to inflict immense human suffering
  • The images from Ukraine show human suffering and resilience
  • The Russian invasion in Ukraine entered 100th day

How many buildings have been obliterated in Ukraine? How many limbs lost, children brutalized, refugees put to flight? How many mothers and fathers, sons and daughters killed in 100 days?

A woman navigates a debris-filled street where destroyed Russian military vehicles stand in Bucha on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022 (Photo: AP)

How many dreams have been destroyed?

Ukrainian troops escort a suspected Russian agent in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 (Photo: AP)

There is no accounting of a war that launched in late winter, continued through spring and is likely to drag on for seasons to come. The conflict unleashed by Russian President Vladimir Putin defies statistics. It is a story best told in unsparing images of human suffering and resilience.

A Ukrainian soldier and a militia man help a fleeing family to cross the Irpin River on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022 (Photo:AP)
Natali Sevriukova stands near her house after a rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 (Photo: AP)

UNSPARING IMAGES FROM UKRAINE

In the war’s 100 days, Associated Press photographers have captured the terror -- people diving to the floor of a Mariupol hospital as bombs fall around them; a mob of refugees, huddled under a bridge.

A woman cries during the funerals of three Ukrainian military servicemen, Melnyk Andriy, Shufryn Andriy and Ankratov Oleksandra, who were killed in the east of the country, in Lviv, Ukraine (Photo: AP)

They have captured the tears of grieving survivors, and of families separated by the war.

Women stand in their robes as smoke rises in the background after shelling in Odesa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022 (Photo:AP)
The mother of 40-year-old Senior Lieutenant Oliynyk Dmytro, who was killed in combat, mourns his death as she walks behind his coffin during his funeral outside the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Church in Lviv (Photo: AP)
People wait in a car to be processed at a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Monday, May 2, 2022 (Photo: AP)

They have shown us the playfulness of a soldier, lightheartedly kicking a ball amid the carnage; of another soldier, leading an impromptu chorale.

A Ukranian soldier plays a pick-up game in Irpin on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, April 2, 2022 (Photo: AP)

They have shown us a chilling view of a car driving down a highway, through the sight of a Ukrainian sniper. They have shown us a landscape littered with buildings in ruins and the carcasses of Russian tanks.

People look at a destroyed Russian tank placed at Mykhailivs'ka Square in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, May 23, 2022 (Photo: AP)

And so many bodies. Bodies in trenches and half-buried in hillsides and arrayed on pavements and lying in pools of blood and carried in coffins. A soldier spread out like a statue in a Christ-like pose on a metal barrier. An arm extended in the dirt.

Ukrainian soldiers carry the coffin of Volodymyr Losev, 38, during his funeral in Zorya Truda in the Odesa region of Ukraine, Monday, May 16, 2022 (Photo: AP)
Children look out the window of an unheated Lviv-bound train, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 3, 2022 (Photo: AP)

This is a country that has been transformed in the blink of an eye. A hundred days ago, a bathtub was for bathing; now, it is a place where a little girl and her dog hide from bombs.

Zlata-Maria Shlapak sits with her puppy Letti in the bathtub while an air siren goes off, at the apartment her family is renting in Lviv where they took refuge in western Ukraine (Photo: AP)

What will it be like, 100 days from now?