The cadence of war and its human toll: A photojournalist’s perspective

What’s old is new again, and it’s not pretty

After spending more than a month in Ukraine documenting the war earlier this year, Marcus Yam is back in the eastern part of the country, where fighting remains fierce and residents continue to hold out with no end in sight view is.

While taking sabbatical from reporting the conflict, Yam won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his “raw and urgent images of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan that capture the human cost of historical change in the country.” .

He is now back in Ukraine to document the conflict and its human toll.

Day 102: The road to Lysychansk.

People under the belly of a water truck. They lived without water and electricity.

Liubov shrugs while chopping wood for cooking. She asks for help.

Residents go under the belly of a water truck to fetch water in Siversk, Ukraine.

In Siversk, Ukraine, residents who have been without electricity and running water for a month fill bottles from a sink under a water delivery truck.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Liubov Vedeneeva, chop firewood in Lysychansk, Ukraine. "Time flies when you're having fun" she shrugs.

Liubov Vedeneeva, chop firewood in Lysychansk, Ukraine. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” she shrugs.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Armed men smoke cigarettes near the city center of Seversk, Ukraine.

Armed men smoke cigarettes near the city center of Seversk, Ukraine.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

A school is on fire in Lysychansk. Fighter jets roar overhead, then ‘boom’.

Machine gun fire rattles down the street. The voices of men shouting instructions echo.

A woman is sobbing. “I can’t live like this anymore. Nobody knows when this will end.’

In Lysychansk, Ukraine, a school is destroyed by bombing.

In Lysychansk, Ukraine, a school is destroyed by bombing.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Day 101: Kilometers from Russians, soldiers remain alert.

Locals show up for a breath of fresh air. A hundred days of fear.

Natalia Tishenko comforts her son Yaroslav, 7, in an air raid shelter near Velyka Novosilka, Ukraine

Natalia Tishenko comforts her son Yaroslav, 7, in the air raid shelter her family has housed for more than two months near Velyka Novosilka, Ukraine.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Valentyna Lazarevna kisses her granddaughter Nina Novokhatskay near Velyka Novosilka, Ukraine.

Valentyna Lazarevna, 80, kisses her granddaughter Nina Novokhatskaya, 20, as she and others enjoy some fresh air after emerging from their air raid shelter near Velyka Novosilka, Ukraine. “I want to go home, but it’s broken. I’m afraid. The shelling happens almost every day,” Lazarevna said.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Nadia Schamal tries to extinguish and save her candles at an animal shelter near Velyka Novosilka, Ukraine

Nadia Schamal, who cooks in an underground bunker near Velyka Novosilka in Ukraine, says she uses her candles as sparingly as possible to preserve them.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Day 99: The Rhythm of War.

Russia lays down a barrage. Civilians ask, “When will this end?”

A man crouches on a train.

A man awaits departure on an evacuation train from Pokrovsk, Ukraine.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

A burned-out part of a rocket lies in a field near Soledar in Ukraine.

A charred part of a rocket lies in a field outside of Soledar, Ukraine.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Day 98: Slovyansk has a front row seat to the Russian invasion.

Vitaliy’s wife was killed in an attack. He mourns. Next door, a room splattered red.

The shattered windshield of one car frames a view of the burned-out shell of another in Sloviansk, Ukraine

The shattered windshield of one car frames a view of the burned-out shell of another in Sloviansk, Ukraine

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Vitaliy Kryvorotenko leafs through an album with pictures of him and his wife Nelia Kolisnichenko.

Vitaliy Kryvorotenko shows pictures of himself and his wife Nelia Kolisnichenko in an album, pausing from photo to photo: “Here she is, here she is, here she is.” Nelia was hit by shrapnel and killed while resting near a window when the bombardment began.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Local residents clear rubble after a bomb attack destroyed a house on the outskirts of Sloviansk, Ukraine.

Local residents clear rubble after a bomb attack destroyed a house on the outskirts of Sloviansk, Ukraine.

(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

Marcus Yam’s earlier diary on the war in Ukraine.

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