Feb. 6, 2022 | Kyiv, Ukraine | The Remembrance Wall at St. Michael's Cathedral memorializes soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine. More than 14,000 people have died in the war since 2014, when Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces began fighting after Russia annexed Crimea. Although the fighting has diminished in recent years, fears of a violent escalation have grown since Russia began amassing troops near Ukraine’s border.
Feb. 6, 2022 | Kyiv, Ukraine | Genadiy Kryvorot’ko, a massage therapist, poses for a portrait before civil defense training. “If it [the conflict with Russia] will come to Kyiv, I think one can’t just sit at home and wait,” Kryvorot’ko says. “Russia always pursues imperialist politics with Ukraine.”
Feb. 6, 2022 | Kyiv, Ukraine | Iuliia Smilianets tends to a client at the Lukyanivska market where she has been working for 15 years. Services, industry and agriculture are Ukraine’s three largest economic sectors.
Feb. 7, 2022 | Kyiv, Ukraine | A male choir sings at the Refectory Church, on the grounds of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra – or the Monastery of the Caves – home to more than 100 monks.