Palaces of Shelter

The metros in Kyiv and Kharkiv — Soviet-era “palaces of the people” — have doubled as bomb shelters during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

While bombs drop aboveground, an estimated 30,000 Ukrainian civilians shelter inside the Kyiv and Kharkiv metro systems, which include extensive toilet and drinking water facilities. Image from Getty Images

In early March 2022, anonymous antiwar activists flyposted the Moscow Metro with maps of the metro systems of Kyiv and Kharkiv, two Ukrainian cities then being shelled by the Russian army. The posters featured texts below the maps reminding Moscow transit riders that, at this precise moment, men, women, and children were sleeping in the […]

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