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This episode details graphic scenes and contains strong language.

The image shows four people lying on the ground — a woman, a man and two children who had been fleeing from a suburb of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. The woman and her children had been killed by a mortar moments earlier. Around them are Ukrainian soldiers attempting to revive the man.

The picture was taken by the photojournalist Lynsey Addario, alongside Andriy Dubchak, a Ukrainian videographer. When it was published by The Times, the image became a watershed, offering irrefutable evidence that Russia’s tactics in the war were killing civilians.


Lynsey Addario, a photojournalist currently working in Ukraine.

Serhiy Perebyinis holding photographs of his wife, Tetiana, 43, and their children, Mykyta, 18, and Alisa, 9, who were killed this month while trying to flee Irpin, Ukraine. Photo: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times
  • Tetiana Perebyinis and her two children were killed trying to dash to safety, a moment captured by our photographer. Her husband describes their lives, and their final hours.

  • President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has repeatedly denied that his forces are targeting civilians. But only a handful of Ukrainian troops were near the bridge when mortar shells began raining down, and they were helping refugees escape Kyiv.

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Lynsey Addario contributed reporting.

Special thanks to Ivan Nechepurenko. Footage provided by Andriy Dubchak/Donbas Frontliner.

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