Standing in the conflict zone since the end of February, the photographer documents the scenes of daily life in wartime in several Ukrainian cities: Lviv, Mykolaïv, Kiev, Irpin, Boutcha, Odessa, and in the Donbass.
It shows, on the one hand, a constant threat and danger and massive destruction; on the other, civilians trying to stand against the offensive. Some of them block off houses, churches and art institutions to protect them from the bombing, while others set up self-defence training, or gather in a secret factory to produce Molotov cocktails (called “Bandera Smoothies” to avoid the Russian name).
Lâm Duc Hiên
From the very first days of the conflict, Lam Duc went to the city of Lviv to document the funerals, which have taken place almost on a daily basis since the beginning of the conflict, at the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
In April, Lam Duc documented the extent of the massacre caused by Russian troops in Kyiv oblast, in the small town of Borodyanka, then in Boutcha. The few buildings left standing burnt out; the town has been devastated. Since 6 April and the departure of the Russian troops, the Ukrainian security forces have been clearing the land in search of mines potentially laid by the invader. The emergency services have been looking for survivors.
At the same time, he highlighted the daily life of those who provide information at wartime: from television journalists to radio broadcasts and reporters on the spot.
In March, Ferdous travelled to Chop, Ukraine, and documented the daily life of the new military volunteers gathered in the city’s cultural centre.