A man closes a damaged window in his apartment after returning for the first time since Russian forces invaded Bucha. The Russians had shelled this apartment complex and then used it as living quarters. When they left, they cut every door off of the wall in order to make it unlivable for the people who would return.

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Ukraine-Russo War

Liam Kennedy | Ukraine

Over the course of six weeks, I became a witness to the war crimes of Bucha, the bombings of civilian homes in Saltivka, and the heavy artillery in the Donbas region. From children born in war, to civilians permanently maimed, to the erasure of cultural artifacts, to people who are forcibly deported, to the thousands of innocent lives lost due to the ideology of another nation—these are now the tones and textures of every Ukrainian who has been forced to suffer through loss and whose resilience and love for their home will help overcome the Russian forces.

Liam Kennedy is a Nashville based photojournalist who primarily focuses on natural disasters, conflict and themodern-day biker.

Kennedy has been photographing for more than 10 years, eight of which while serving in the Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist. While serving, he documented complex stories such as everyday life at sea, special forces and the aftermath of natural disasters such asTyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Hurricane Irma in the US Virgin Islands andHurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Recently Kennedy has documented the war in Ukraine, the Jackson, Miss. water crisis, Hurricane Ian and the tornado that ravaged Western Kentucky.

Kennedy was selected to attended the Syracuse Military Photojournalism program in 2016 and has participated in the Eddy Adams Workshop in 2021 and Mountain Workshops Photojournalism program in 2022.

Kennedy works full time for Gannett and his freelance work is represented by Redux Pictures. He has been featured by Mother Jones, Bloomberg, CNN, Getty, Radio Free Europe, BBCand ABC World News Tonight.

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