War up Close Project by Discover and Kyivmaps

The War up Close special project, agreed upon with the Kyiv City State Administration and the National Agency of Ukraine for Civil Service, is a painful evidence of destruction brought to Ukraine’s capital city by Russia’s full-scale military invasion of February 24, 2022. Discover and Kyivmaps have joined forces to document the consequences of air strikes on Kyiv and show the global community that the genocide of the Ukrainian nation is taking place right here, in the centre of Europe, in the 21st century.

Another goal of the project is to schedule rebuilding and restoration of the city as well as to help the State Emergency Service with rescue operations in hard-to-reach areas.  360° virtual tours capture the consequences of destruction of Kyiv, thus helping future restoration of the capital, healing the infrastructural wounds inflicted by Russian shelling and missile attacks.

What damages does the project capture?

Kyiv has been and remains under attack since February 24. The War up Close project has contributed to capturing many damaged and destroyed apartment blocks and adjacent infrastructure in the following districts:

  • Solomianskyi— 17th to 21st levels of a building destroyed by a missile and subsequent fire (February 26)
  • Darnytskyi— two high-rise buildings damaged due to night-time shelling (March 17)
  • Shevchenkivskyi— consequences of shelling of a 12-storey building, partial damage of a neighbouring 9-storey building and adjacent structures (March 16 and 18)
  • Obolonskyi— partial destruction of the 1st to 3rd levels of a 9-storey building and subsequent fire at the 3rd and 4th levels (March 14)
  • Podilskyi— buildings in Kurenivka residential area damaged by fragments of a shot-down missile (March 14)
  • Sviatoshynskyi— a high-rise building destroyed by an enemy bomb and subsequent fire on the 1st to 16th levels (March 15)

The panoramic pictures reveal a frightening sight of several hundred residential buildings destroyed. They form an undisputable proof of the suffering that Ukrainians are exposed to every day.

Those pictures are taken by a team of Kyivmaps photographers and videographers, who decided to stay in Kyiv after Russia’s onslaught. Their works used to tell us about Kyiv’s cultural life. They continue to take photos, but those photos show us the war-time capital, piling up evidence of the Russian Federation’s war crimes. The sights of shelling and bombardments are also available in video format on the Kyivmaps website.