Once so picturesque it was nicknamed the "Switzerland of the Donbas", the eastern Ukrainian town of Sviatohirsk today lies in ruins. It was recaptured by Ukrainian troops in mid-September after being occupied by Russian forces for nearly 100 days.
Ukrainian forces have liberated over 120 settlements in the northeastern region of Kharkiv. In retaken territories, the population is reeling from months of Russian occupation.
Ukraine launched a successful counteroffensive to retake the Kharkiv region in September. Two women from the recently liberated city of Balakliya recount the horrors of life under Russian occupation.
More than 15,000 suspected cases of war crimes are being investigated in Ukraine. From mass graves in Bucha, to testimonies from towns like Irpin and Borodyanka, the number is growing. DW's Rebecca Ritters heard from residents in the town of Trostyanets.