A woman identified as a high school graduate named Valerie is pictured in front of her destroyed school in Ukraine.

Though their classrooms lie in ruins in the shelled Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, students from School No. 134 celebrated their graduation in style over the weekend.

Wearing prom dresses and tuxedos, teenagers returned to their high school, dancing a sombre waltz and posing for graduation photos, as family, friends and soldiers looked on, according to the Ukrainian outlet Suspilne.

One of the students is a 16-year-old only identified as Valerie. A now viral Facebook post shows the teen in a flowing, red ballgown, standing outside a hallway in the destroyed school. The photo was uploaded Monday by Valerie’s aunt, Anna Episheva.

What students and staff are saying: “Had a lot of friends from school, we were like one big family,” Valerie is quoted in the post.

“With the girls we were choosing dresses and were excited that everyone would be very beautiful on prom day. But to us came ‘Russkiy World’ and ruined all our plans that we so dreamed of!”

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Ukrainian teens return to ruined school in prom dresses, tuxes for graduation

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