Wednesday 8 June 2022 01:19 AM Ukraine war prom: Teenage school-leavers in war-torn Kharkiv don their ... trends now
Their high school lies in ruins from the brutal Russian onslaught.
But these Ukrainian pupils were still determined to mark their graduation in traditional fashion by dancing a waltz.
Members of a graduating class in Ukraine usually dance a waltz in front of the entire school as students hear the bell rung for the last time.
For those at School No 134 in Kharkiv this summer, it was a more sombre affair, conducted against the backdrop of their bombed out classrooms as troops from their country’s army looked on.
Olena Mosolova, a geography teacher from the school, said: ‘We had imagined a different ‘last bell’ for our kids, but it is what it is, and we want to have a celebration for the kids.’
Dressed for defiance: In a billowing red ballgown, pupil Valerie, 16, stands before her shelled-out school in Kharkiv to mark her graduation
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