“Despite everything, the colours give us an easier daily routine, because when everything is grey it’s much harder to deal with,” she said.
The Ukrainian military positions in the park, including trenches and a bunker, are no longer in use. But for some of the visitors, the stark reminders of the war are as important as the springtime glory of the trees.
“I actually want the tank barrier in the frame when my friend takes pictures of me. That’s our destiny, that’s the times we got assigned to live in. This should remain as a memorial even after our victory,” said Liubov Iliashenko, a 28-year-old dentist.