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A child walks in front of a damaged school in the city of Zhytomyr, northern Ukraine. March 23, 2022
A child walks in front of a damaged school in the city of Zhytomyr, northern Ukraine. March 23, 2022   -   Copyright  Fadel Senna/AFP

In photos: One month of war in Ukraine

It has been one month since Ukrainians woke up to the sirens and explosions, as Russian forces launched their invasion. 

Since then Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mariupol and many other cities have been under constant attack. 

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Ukrainian firefighter shouts to a colleague while trying to extinguish a fire inside a house destroyed by shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine. March 23, 2022Rodrigo Abd/ AP Photo
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Nurses cry as they arrive to see their hospital after Russian shelling hit the mental hospital of Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine. March 22, 2022Bulent Kilic/AFP

Some of the most shocking images of the conflict are emerging from the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, which has been almost entirely destroyed with thousands of people dead, according to local authorities. 

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A woman walks outside a maternity hospital that was damaged by shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine. March 9, 2022Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Photo

Civilians across the country have been targeted in their homes, hospitals, schools or on the streets as they tried to flee the fighting. Those who stayed -- by choice, or by necessity -- have sheltered in underground bunkers, their cellars and basements, or metro stations. 

Conventional wisdom says the Ukrainian military should have been overwhelmed in a matter of days by Russian forces, however the resistance and leadership of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy became a symbol of bravery and resilience for the whole nation. 

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Children look out the window of an unheated Lviv bound train, in Kyiv, Ukraine. March 3, 2022.Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

More than ten million Ukrainians have so far been displaced because of the war: either within their own country, or as refugees across the borders of neighbouring states.