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Ukrainian High school students pose for graduation photo in Ukraine’s war-torn Chernihiv

Graduation photos are a usually a happy reminder of one of life’s biggest milestones. For a group of students in Ukraine’s war-torn city of Chernihiv, their nontraditional graduation photos, with the city’s destruction as a backdrop, serve as a record of lives interrupted by military conflict.

A student poses for a high-school graduation photoshoot in Chernihiv, Ukraine, June 5, 2022. (Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via Reuters)

Each class involved offered up different locations for the photoshoot according to the Students.via REUTERS

Photographer Stanislav Senyk told Reuters he wanted to document the “very important story” of roughly 40 graduating seniors. (Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via REUTERS)

One of the students, Olha Babynets, 17, said she enjoyed the photoshoot, even if it was “very difficult” for everyone involved. (Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via REUTERS)

The photographs will now be compiled into a graduation album for the students. Senyk also wanted to find an exhibition space to showcase them.@senykstas via REUTERS

One chilling photo showed a group of students huddled atop a tank, looking out with stoic faces with graduation sashes across their chests. (Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via REUTERS)

Students pose next to a damaged building for a high-school graduation photoshoot in Chernihiv, Ukraine, June 5, 2022.  (Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via Reuters)

Students pose outside a damaged building for a high-school graduation photoshoot in Chernihiv, Ukraine, June 5, 2022. Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via Reuters

Students pose on destroyed vehicles for a high-school graduation photoshoot in Chernihiv, Ukraine, June 5, 2022. Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via Reuters

Students pose at a damaged building for a high-school graduation photoshoot in Chernihiv, Ukraine, June 5, 2022. Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via Reuters

Students pose inside a room in a damaged building for a high-school graduation photoshoot in Chernihiv, Ukraine, June 5, 2022. Instagram/@senykstas/Handout via Reuters

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