What remains of Izium
Izium is a town in eastern Ukraine, in the Kharkiv Region. From late February 2022 onwards, Russia’s armed forces constantly shelled it from the ground and bombed it from the air. On 1 April 2022 the town was seized by Russia and was occupied for more than five months before being liberated in September during Ukraine’s rapid counter-offensive.
By then only 10,000 people still lived in a town formerly inhabited by 45,000. As a result of the Russian invasion, says Maksim Strelnik, a town council deputy, no less than one thousand civilians died and 80% of the town infrastructure had been damaged or destroyed.