Recently, on September 10, the Ukrainian military raised the yellow-blue flag over Izium, Kharkiv Oblast. The world watched with horror what was happening in the city.

80% of Izium’s infrastructure was completely destroyed – the city, which survived six months of occupation, was a ruin. Since the beginning of the war, Russian troops have launched 476 missile strikes on Izium.

The Russian army began massively shelling it with artillery and dropping airstrikes in early March, and in April completely occupied it. Before the Russian attack, about 46 000 inhabitants lived here, while now only 10 000 people.

Now there is a difficult humanitarian crisis in the city: there is no water, gas, and electricity. Medical institutions are destroyed, pharmacies and shops are looted.

The sign at the city entrance / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Former checkpoint / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Abandoned tank / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Abandoned tanks / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Derelict ammunition / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Ammunition abandoned near a residential building / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Local shop with a sign for Russians “No beer and vodka” / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Abandoned tank / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Aftermath of Russian aviation bombs / Serhiy Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Aftermath of Russian aviation bombs / Serhiy Prokopenko / Gwara Media

Locals mostly move around on bicycles and re-learn peaceful life without constant shelling.

Local in Izium / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Bridge in Izium / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Izium’s downtown / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Izium central square / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Izium’s downtown / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
Izium’s downtown / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media

Back in March, the Attack monument, dedicated to the soldiers who died in World War II, was destroyed as a result of the Russian army’s aerial bombardment.

The monument is located on Mount Kremianets, the height of which is 218 meters. It was created in 1988 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Victory in World War II. Russians are fighting not only with Ukrainians, but also against historical memory.

World War II Memorial / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
World War II Memorial / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media
World War II Memorial / Serhii Prokopenko / Gwara Media