Tom Mutch has spent the first month of Russia’s war against Ukraine depicting the lives of ordinary people facing Vladimir Putin’s onslaught, and it is a portrait of both horror and hope

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Platon and Barbara, a young couple, wait out the shelling in Kyiv on the first night of the war
Galina and Sergey searching for their belongings in the rubble of their apartment in Kharkiv
A volunteer in a pub that has been turned into a logistics centre in Kharkiv
Precious, an 18-year-old Nigerian woman fleeing from Kyiv to Lviv
Refugees boarding trains to Poland in Lviv on the fourth day of the war
Refugees boarding trains to Poland in Lviv on the fourth day of the war
Crowds at the train station in Lviv
A soldier inspects the damage after a missile strike in Brovary, a frontline suburb of Kyiv
Journalists pose with Ukrainian soldiers in Brovary, Kyiv (Tom Mutch second from right)
‘Angel’, a 40-year-old Ukrainian soldier in Brovary, Kyiv
The deserted streets and monuments of central Kyiv, two weeks into the war
Volunteers at a food hall that has been turned into a logistics centre in Odesa
Another volunteer at the food hall
Roman, a 23-year-old irregular soldier, at the base of Ukrainian militia group the Public Safety Council in Odesa
Roman’s colleagues at the militia group the Public Safety Council in Odesa
Ukrainian soldiers on the streets of Odesa
Fortifications outside the Opera House of Odesa
Defences on the road from Odesa to Mykolaiv
Ina Trofimenko shows her injuries from cluster munitions in a hospital in Mykolaiv
Sergey Trofimenko injured by cluster munitions in Mykolaiv
Another injured civilian in Mykolaiv hospital
A soldier patrols outside the municipal council building in Mykolaiv
Vitali Kim, governor of Mykolaiv Oblast
Destruction of civilian buildings in Kharkiv
A metro station that has been turned into a bomb shelter in Kyiv
Alexei, seven, shows off his photos he took with my camera
The streets of Lviv, still peaceful after 28 days of war


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