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Ukraine: Underground life in Kharkiv after two months of Russian bombs

Ukrainians sheltered at a subway station in Kharkiv have spent more than two months underground (Photo: Getty)

Ukrainians sheltered at a subway station in Kharkiv have spent more than two months underground (Photo: Getty)

Life continues to go underground in the bombed-out Kharkiv, where hundreds of families have been sheltered for two months.

Photographs from subway stations in Ukraine’s second largest city once again show the persistence of the human spirit despite the sound of missiles hitting streets and apartment blocks.

Pensioners can be seen standing in line to get food, while others rest on rugs placed directly on the cold granite floor. Some are lucky to have found wooden pallets.

Train carriages have also been adapted to house people, and it was here that many celebrated Orthodox Easter Sunday.

Children hiding in stations showed what defiance looks like by exhibiting portraits of modern Ukrainian superheroes – a doctor and a soldier.

Above ground, much of Kharkiv, home to 1.4 million people, now looks like a ruined ruin.

An elderly woman sits in a subway station used as a bomb shelter in the Saltivka district of Kharkiv (Photo: Getty)

An elderly woman sits in a subway station used as a bomb shelter in the Saltivka district of Kharkiv (Photo: Getty)

Elderly people queue for food distribution in a metro station used as a bomb shelter in the Saltivka district of Kharkiv (Photo: Getty)

People stand in line for food distribution at the station (Photo: Getty)

A Ukrainian civilian sleeps in a subway station used as a bomb shelter in the Saltivka district of Kharkiv (Photo: Getty)

For many people like this Ukrainian man, days and nights have begun to merge (Image: Getty)

Little Pasha, who escaped Putin's bombs, holds a dog in his arms (Photo: Getty)

Little Pasha, who escaped Putin’s bombs, holds a dog in his arms (Photo: Getty)

Older women cut themselves in a corner of the station (Photo: Getty)

Older women cut themselves in a corner of the station (Photo: Getty)

Civilians are seen in a metro station used as a bomb shelter in the Saltivka district of Kharkiv (Photo: Getty)

Hundreds of people have sought refuge in the metro station, which was a main hub for commuters before the war (Photo: Getty)

Civilians are seen in a metro station used as a bomb shelter in the Saltivka district of Kharkiv (Photo: Getty)

Most older people, women and children are hiding (Image: Getty)

A resident who stayed underground told ITV News that she is enduring exclusively for her son.

‘My son gives me power. He’s my strength … it’s for him, for his sake, “said Yulia.

“What choice do I have … I can not show him my fears, I have to assure him that everything will be okay.”

While Russian forces have suffered defeats in Kiev, Kharkiv remains under intense fire as Vladimir Putin tries to block the Donbas.

Ukraine’s General Staff said today that Russia’s offensive continued in the region, with Moscow troops trying to advance towards a village called Zavody.

It comes after four civilians were killed and nine wounded during shelling in the city on Monday, Oleh Synegubov, the region’s governor, told the country’s public television.

Earlier in the day, Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said: the.’

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