The bridge in Irpin is the last line of defence. It has been blown up and is not passable, but there is a ford crossing.

A few kilometres behind it, there are already the turnpikes of Kyiv. It is important to hold this line. This is where the escape route goes for those who want to leave the city. And this is where soldiers fighting in the city get support and reinforcements.

That is why the bridge is under regular fire, and the Russians try to capture the nearby skyscrapers to coordinate artillery fire better.

The bridge is also some protection for soldiers. You can run away from the road when the shelling starts and hide under it. The Russians are desperate to get into the city.

Populated areas provide reasonable protection against Ukrainian artillery. The areas outside the city are unsafe; the Ukrainian artillery works without problems. Therefore, these units go deep into the city when they break through the first line with even small forces. During the day, this complicates the escape of civilians still in the city.


The bridge evacuation is carried out all day. The Ukrainians want to depopulate the city quickly to hit the Russians with full force. But it ends at dusk.

Then, under the bridge, groups of units swap with units fighting during the day. And several "hunters" groups set off under cover of darkness to hunt and "clean" Irpin of Russian soldiers.

From that moment on, it is challenging to meet refugees here, and more and more soldiers are coming. They sit protected by the bridge and wait for the darkness to move.

The tension rises. Some sit muted, others look in the distance or laugh, adrenaline-pumped. Everyone deals with anxiety in their own way.

Some snipers go to the positions to also take part in the hunt. The groups move on; some stay, securing the bridge. Medics with empty stretchers also move towards Irpin, passing medics who return with 300, which means the wounded ones.