Ukraine: Kharkiv Stories

Stewart Wills

Scientists with ties to a vital Ukrainian scientific and industrial center talked with OPN about what the war has meant thus far—and what the future might hold.

Building at Kharkiv National UniversityA building at Kharkiv National University, damaged by shelling, Kharkiv, Ukraine. [REUTERS/O. Lapshyn]

Soon after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February 2022, the city of Kharkiv—Ukraine’s second-largest municipality, situated in its northeastern region a mere 40 km from the Russian border—emerged as a key strategic target. A significant industrial, commercial and cultural center, Kharkiv also is a hub of Ukrainian education and scientific research, with dozens of universities, technical and professional schools, and research institutions.

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