“Alive, contused, happy”. What April 2024 was like in Ukraine — a chronicle in photos


Zaborona’s editorial team has selected photos of the most important events of the war in Ukraine in April 2024. Among them are the continuous shelling of civilian and critical infrastructure, fragments from the everyday life of Ukrainians in the war, peaceful demonstrations for the demobilization of the military and the release of the war prisoners, the presentation of new Ukrainian weapons, and the situation at the front.

The material contains photos that may be shocking.

Shelling of peaceful cities: April 2024

In April 2024, the Russian Federation fired dozens of times at all regional centers of Ukraine’s frontline territories using various types of weapons. In addition to the destruction of civilian objects in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Odesa, critical infrastructure in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Kyiv regions has been damaged. For example, on April 11, the enemy completely destroyed the Trypillia thermal power plant, which was the largest supplier of electricity to Kyiv, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr regions, and on April 17, three Russian Iskander missiles killed 18 people in Chernihiv.

Among the regional centers, Kharkiv continues to suffer the most intense shelling. A massive attack on the energy sector on April 11 left 200,000 city residents without electricity. On April 22, Russians hit a 250-meter TV tower in Kharkiv with an X-59 missile, and on the night of April 27, Russia fired at a psychiatric hospital with an S-300 system.

In April, the enemy continued to drop modified UMPB D-30 bombs on the city.

The enemy continues to kill civilians and destroy towns in Sumy (Bilopillia, Krasnopillia), Kharkiv (Dergachi, Kupiansk), Dnipro (Synelnykove) and Donetsk (Lyman, Sloviansk, Druzhkivka, Pokrovsk, Kostiantynivka and Selydove) regions.

Everyday life in wartime

To honor the memory of his fellow rescuers, a fully uniformed SES officer ran a half-marathon in Kyiv. And a Paralympian with an amputation ran a charity obstacle course to raise money for drones.

Farewell ceremonies to military medic Nazariy Lavrovsky and military and civic activist Pavlo Petrychenko took place in Kyiv.

In Odesa, schoolchildren practiced tourniquet application, and in Lviv, military personnel took part in a simultaneous chess game with grandmasters.

Despite the daily shelling, life in Kherson goes on.

Peaceful protests for demobilization and Free Azov actions

In April 2024, relatives of servicemen repeatedly protested about the rights of the military to demobilization. In Kharkiv, Odesa, Lviv, and Kyiv, relatives and friends of the military came to the weekly Free Azov action in support of the military in Russian captivity.

New weapons and the situation at the front in April 2024

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine presented the multipurpose naval drone Magura, and Ukrainian electronic warfare manufacturer Kvertus demonstrated an anti-drone and a portable drone blocking system.

Since the beginning of April 2024, the Russians have continued to exert pressure in the same areas as in March. In the south of Ukraine, the front line has not changed much, but the intensity of fighting there is also very high. The occupation forces managed to make the most significant advance near the town of Chasiv Yar. However, by the end of the month, the situation escalated along the entire front line, with the Avdiivka sector remaining the most difficult area.