Pictures of Ukrainian Schoolgirls and Students Celebrating Graduation at Ruins of School Building

KHARKIVKOMPAS.com – teen girl photo Ukraine in a fiery red party dress in the school hallway that was ravaged by the attack Russia viral on social media.

Valeria, the 16-year-old girl, was not expecting the response to her photo online, and said she just wanted to draw the world’s attention to what was happening in her country.

“This is not about me at all. I just want to draw attention to the situation (in Ukraine). We are proud of our heroes and the Ukrainian military forces. We believe we will win, because good always wins over evil,” Valeria said to BBC.

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Valeria is a member of the group student from Kharkiv – one of the areas in Ukraine devastated by the Russian invasion – who celebrate graduation in the ruins of their school.

The final year students at the school decided to hold on to their usual graduation party every year, even though their school was in ruins.

The 45-second video showing them performing the dance choreography has been widely circulated on social media.

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Valeria’s aunt, Anna Episheva, wrote in a Facebook post, “Valeria and her schoolmates have been preparing for this graduation celebration for months, planning in detail and selecting dresses and suits.”

“But then Russia came. His school was deliberately attacked and destroyed on February 27, 2021. Today, he returned to what was left of his school and his graduation plans. Thank you, dear Valeria, for being strong and brave, so proud, I love you so much,” he said.

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Kharkiv is located in the northeastern part of Ukraine, only 40 km from the Russian border.

The city was subjected to intense Russian bombardment, with scores of residents killed and many city buildings destroyed by missile attacks.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said the school was attacked just days after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

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