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Two Years of War in Ukraine (30 photos)

Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Although the Russian military initially made broad advances into the country beginning on February 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces, backed by Western support, resisted fiercely, forcing Russia to pull back into eastern and southern Ukraine. Soon, front lines hundreds of miles long were established, and the war evolved into a long and punishing battle of artillery, drones, and close combat across trenches, shattered forests, and ruined villages. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed or injured in the conflict. As Russia continues to launch missiles into all parts of Ukraine and presses forward with ground attacks across the front line, Ukrainian forces face intensifying shortages of manpower and ammunition. Gathered below are images from recent months, showing a region reshaped by two years of war.

A soldier stands in a trench in a forest, firing a rocket-propelled grenade at night. A Ukrainian infantryman fires an RPG, seen in the direction of Kreminna, in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on February 15, 2024. ( Diego Herrera Carcedo / Anadolu / Getty)
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