DEFIANT Ukrainians bravely showed their determination to return to normal life after returning to their ruined city.
People of the northern town of Borodyanka — which had a population of 12,500 — found it reduced to rubble after their forces recaptured it from the Russians.
But those who had food to sell spread their wares on sidewalks.
And others lined up in the main square for humanitarian aid, including dog food for pet owners.
A father carried a child on his shoulders as they passed a battered monument as their flag fluttered proudly in the sky.
People embarked on the mammoth task of clearing debris from the streets and searching for souvenirs and belongings in destroyed homes.
According to families, civilians who had stayed when the first attacks came have been murdered and raped.
Officials fear the Russians committed worse atrocities than in Bucha, where bodies were found in the street and a mass grave was discovered.
Ten Russian soldiers have been identified by Ukrainian authorities as the “Butchers of Bucha”.