Not long ago, Kharkiv, Ukraine, was a thriving metropolis. With sprawling parks, botanical gardens and a zoo, Ukraine's second largest city was the vibrant home of nearly 1.5 million people who were free to take in opera and ballet performances, food and drink at popular local pubs, or even a ride on the city's giant Ferris wheel.
Now, three weeks into Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, Kharkiv has been left decimated by shelling that has forced scores of its residents to flee or seek shelter underground.
Over 600 buildings in the city have been destroyed, Mayor Ihor Terekhov said Tuesday. They include schools, nurseries and hospitals. "The Russian army is constantly shelling us from the ground and the air," he said.
Photos from Kharkiv show the large-scale destruction caused by Russia's ongoing assault.
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