Russia launched dozens of attack drones and missiles — including its advanced Kinzhal ballistic missile — according to Ukrainian officials.
Several large Ukrainian cities were attacked, including the capital, Kyiv, as well as Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv.
Despite more than a year of war in Ukraine, regular missile strikes and power outages, the party goes all night long at a basement club in Kharkiv.
"He's giving us hope this neighborhood will come back to life," says a neighbor in the apartment building in Kharkiv damaged during Russia's invasion.
A Kharkiv metro station became a bomb shelter as the city came under Russian attack. Now, at the holiday season, it's also a Christmas village where kids can drop off letters to Grandfather Frost.
A neighbor recalls the girl saying in her final moments, "Why did this happen to me? I didn't do anything bad to them."
While Ukraine's counteroffensive this month was hailed as stunning by military observers, Ukrainian troops tell NPR that Russian forces put up stiff resistance in parts of the Kharkiv region.
Villagers describe allegations of abuse and officials say they found a torture chamber in Kozacha Lopan, in the Kharkiv region, which Russian forces invaded and took over at the start of the war.
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Ukrainian forces liberated the town of Balakliia in a swift counteroffensive against Russia in the east, where retreating Russian troops left behind tanks, captives and an untold number of casualties.
The Kremlin made its first public response following Ukraine's success on the battlefield in recent days.
Ukrainian forces have broken through Russia's front lines in the east, retaking strategic towns and territory in a surprise counteroffensive that began just days ago.
Business is clawing back in Ukraine, but it won't be anything like normal for a long time.
A Ukrainian official says Russian shelling and missile strikes in Kharkiv hit only civilian buildings such as a shopping center, a a school and a shopping center, and are "absolute terrorism."
Vladyslav Krasnoshchok describes himself as a "geopolitical surrealist" painter. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine began, he's been photographing the war with a vintage Olympus 35 mm camera.