Morbid Exploration

Serhii Grishin was alone the first time he carefully explored the charred remains of a Russian tank destroyed on a quiet Ukrainian backroad. He noted burnt clumps of human flesh among the twisted metal wreckage yet felt nothing.

His grief was already spent on his dead Ukrainian compatriots, citizens, and soldiers who died after Vladimir Putin decided to bully his way into their nation last February.

Serhii Grishin takes a picture of his friends posing with a destroyed Russian armored personnel carrier near Dmytrivka, Ukraine, on April 26.  Image Credit: Alex Horton/The Washington Post

A Kind of Catharsis

The site of the rusted-out vehicle, a symbol of Ukrainian victory over their aggressors in a failed assault on the capital of Kyiv, made his spirits soar. He decided to invite friends to the site so they too could share in the moment and record it for posterity.

As he and his friends took photos of a burned-out armored personnel carrier, Grishin noted, “I’m happy to see that they did not advance farther down the road. I hope there are more places with destroyed Russian equipment.” Don’t worry, Serhii, there are.