This girl in Kyiv played a piano for passersby as her fellow Ukrainians recognized the one-year invasion of the country by Russia. Special photo by Jamie Price.

Editor’s Note: Charleston resident Jamie Price, now on his third trip to Ukraine , spent the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion into the country, in Kyiv. He sent along these images as nighttime temperatures dipped below freezing. All photos courtesy Jamie Price.

“This is the Independence Square area of Kyiv, Ukraine,” Price texted Saturday. “These flags represent most of the men and women killed in the service of the country — 12,000 by government — not including the thousands and thousands of civilians murdered.”

“Their names are on the flags. When you’re here and see all the flags, you step back in sadness.”

“I have seen the segments of this war firsthand in Irpa, bucha, Mykolayiv and Kherson in the south,” said Price, now on his third humanitarian trip to the war-torn country. “But to see all these flags in one area with names on them certainly brings out the reality of war about human life. And does not include the thousands of Ukrainian civilians. Slava Ukraine!”

People go about daily life on the anniversary of the start of the war.
Price in Kyiv on Feb. 24.

Recent coverage in the City Paper:

Dec. 24, 2022 | Brack: Remember freedom fighters in Ukraine

Aug. 24, 2022 | Charlestonians plan Ukrainian independence day event

Aug. 16, 2022 | Ukraine needs continued humanitarian aid, grocer says

May 26, 2022 | Magid: Ukrainians scared the world will move on and forget invasion

April 12, 2022 | Ukrainian escapes war for safety with daughter in Goose Creek

March 15, 2022 | Magid: Charlestonians are making a direct difference in Ukraine

March 7, 2022 | Magid: The faces of Ukraine

March 2, 2022 | Charleston area Ukrainians fear for friends, families, home in Ukraine

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