Los Angeles Times Photographer Documents Fighting in Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldier wanders the railroad tracks to inspect something as he walks past the corpse of a Russian soldier during a battle with Russian troops on the outskirts of Irpin, Ukraine, on March 1, 2022.  (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

A Ukrainian soldier walks on a railroad past the corpse of a Russian soldier outside Irpin, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Almost everyone in Ukraine can recall vivid snippets of what they felt and what they did on February 24th last year. On this day, Vladimir Putin’s army launched the largest land war in Europe since 1945. .

Before dawn, people slept, bathed, had sex, played video games, and soothed sick children as armored vehicles thundered across the border and fighter planes filled the sky. rice field. Then, as the full extent of the invasion subsided, there were desperate calls and messages trying to harm family and friends.

The cost of a year’s war was staggering. Tens of thousands dead or maimed, millions displaced from their homes, urban landscapes devastated, desolate mass graves excavated, the global economy shocking the entire security fabric of Europe. gave

A man walks away from a burning building with bright orange flames filling the sky behind him

A man leaves a building recently hit by Russian shelling in Kharkov, Ukraine, March 25, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

A Ukrainian soldier leans against the body of a Russian soldier while another Ukrainian soldier stands nearby.

Ukrainian soldiers recover equipment near Sitnyaki, Ukraine, March 3, 2022, after a Russian vehicle was destroyed in combat. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

A tank with a blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag passes in front of a burnt-out building.

Ukrainian troops move through the town of Borodhanka on April 18, 2022. Borodhanka was heavily damaged during its occupation by Russian troops who later withdrew. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

IRPIN, Ukraine

Residents cross the Irpin River to take refuge as Russian forces advance and bomb the Ukrainian town of Irpin on March 6, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

A man with a bloody wound on his neck lies on a stretcher

On April 17, 2022, a patient with a shrapnel wound to the head was brought to a frontline hospital in Severodonetsk, Ukraine. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Two people carry a stretcher on a stretcher while smoke rises in the distance.

Ukrainian volunteers remove dead civilians as Russian forces continue to besiege a residential area of ​​Irpin, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Woman with headlamp on in damaged building

On April 19, 2022, a woman with a headlamp on returned to her apartment to see what was left after the building was bombed in Irpin, Ukraine. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Man standing by an open cupboard

On June 4, 2022, near Pidubne, Ukraine, Artem, 42, shows us a closet full of weapons. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

A woman looking out from a train window that reflects the trees outside

Evacuees wait for a convoy to leave Slovyansk, Ukraine, April 14, 2022. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Citizens, mainly women and children, try to get on the train

On March 4, 2022, Ukrainian civilians try to board a still empty train as the sounds of battle approach Irpin. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Two men leaning against their blanketed bodies

On April 20, 2022, six bodies were found in a cemetery in the Ukrainian town of Borodyanka, with three bodies a few yards away. Ukrainian investigators recorded evidence of war crimes before placing the remains in body bags. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Several people sitting or lying down in a dark room

Residents gather in an air raid shelter near Velika Novoshirka, Ukraine, yards away from Russian military positions on June 4, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Crying woman sitting next to man in bed with hand on face

Oksana Seychuk cries as she watches over her husband, Vasyl, who was injured in a Russian bombing raid. On March 10, 2022, he was slowly recovering in a hospital in Brovary, Ukraine. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

A child in a hat looks out the window

A refugee waits for hours at a Ukrainian-Polish border crossing on March 19, 2022. (Wally Scully/Los Angeles Times)

A woman in a warm jacket and scarf is rolled up a hill on a cart by two uniformed men.

Ukrainian soldiers help a woman evacuate the besieged town of Irpin on March 13, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Man kneeling next to a dog lying on the street

Andrei Kulik tries to comfort a dog that refused to move after Ukraine’s Irpin district was bombed by Russian forces on March 13, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

A man with a shovel stands next to a woman with a taller cross

Irina Chebotok, 26, holds a cross marking the grave of her 71-year-old grandfather, Volodymyr Rubairo, at a cemetery in Bucha, Ukraine, April 21, 2022. She said she was shot in the head by a Russian soldier when he left home to buy cigarettes. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

A 4-year-old girl and her father next to a grave with a simple wooden cross

Anatoly Olynyk, 38, buried his 90-year-old father in his garden with his 4-year-old daughter Yana after they found him shot dead by Russian soldiers. His son said he plans to hold a proper burial on April 22, 2022, given the opportunity. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

soldiers carry coffins

A Ukrainian carries the coffin of a fellow soldier during a funeral outside the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Lviv, Ukraine, March 23, 2022. (Wally Scully/Los Angeles Times)

Lviv, Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers carry the coffin of Ivan Skripnik at the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Lviv, Ukraine, March 17, 2022. Skrypnyk died along with two of his others when a mine exploded near Kiev and destroyed his armored vehicle. (Wally Scully/Los Angeles Times)

Children in warm coats and hats are watching intently.

Ukrainian refugees see and hear a piano player near the border in Medika, Poland, March 11, 2022. (Wally Scully/Los Angeles Times)

This story originally appeared los angeles times.