Chernihiv – Moments in a devastated city
The siege on Chernihiv began on February 24th 2022. The ancient and historical city, that is tied to Kyiv, suffered incredibly from the attempted Russian siege of the capital. As a strategic advance point for the Russian troops Chernihiv, and its civilian population, was under heavy bombardment for a month.
The Ukrainian resistance military fiercely battled the Russian tanks and personnel. The Russian military never made it inside the city. Nonetheless countless lives were lost.
After the siege the city was devastated and the humanitarian condition disastrous. Without water, electricity, communication and food. The hospitals’ patients were lying in corridors in near freezing conditions while community volunteers resorted to cooking meals outside.
Independent organisations sent food and supplies through the Ukrainian Red Cross, the only international humanitarian organisation present in Chernihiv. Convoys traveled across an uncharted alternative route to reach the town and bring the supplies.
"I joined the Ukrainian Red Cross in March, on a 24-hour flash visit of a convoy that took supplies into the city and evacuated a young woman gravely wounded at her legs by a Russian rocket. Throughout 2022 I documented Chernihiv, and I continue to do so in 2023. From before the last access bridge was blown, and immediately after the liberation from the Russian siege, to how the city and its inhabitants are today."
— Federico Quintana -