War Between Russia and Ukraine: Live Updates – The New York Times

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Kyiv, Ukraine. In the first months of the war, Yulia Fedotovskikh found a way to cope with sleep at night: every evening she scrolled through Telegram and looked at photographs of the burned and blown up corpses of Russian soldiers.

At first, she said, looking at the images made her feel more secure. But now that the conflict is dragging on, she said she feels exhausted by the war. She tries to avoid the news and no longer enjoys photographs.

“Every night before going to bed, I scrolled through Telegram, otherwise it would be difficult to fall asleep,” said the lady. Fedotovskikh, 32, public relations manager at an information technology company. These days, she added, “I’m aware and resigned to the fact that I could die at any moment, so I’m just living my life.”

After nearly five months of bloody war in which Russia has steadily made territorial gains, many Ukrainians are still angry and defiant.

The fall of Lysichansk over the weekend, which handed Russia over to the heavily-fought Lugansk region in the east, was just the latest in a series of heavy blows, including some of the most brutal attacks on civilian targets since Russia’s invasion in late February. In Kremenchuk, a rocket attack on a shopping center took place, as a result of which at least 20 people were killed. Raid on a holiday village near Odessa, which killed at least 21 people. A strike on a residential building in the capital, destroying the fragile security veil of this city.

The rout of Russian forces from the capital at the end of March instilled in Ukrainians a strong sense of pride in their country and military, and a hope for a quick victory. However, with the war showing no signs of easing, people are increasingly angry at the losses and expressing disappointment that the Ukrainian government is downplaying the challenges ahead in an attempt to boost morale.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who conquered the world with his determination and signature green T-shirt, continues to address Ukrainians in nightly speeches filled with determination and defiance.

“Something needs to be done about the policy of informing the population,” journalist Serhiy Neretin, former deputy head of the Goskino of Ukraine, wrote on Facebook.

He noted that Ukrainian officials justified the withdrawal of their troops from the eastern city of Severodonetsk on the grounds that it would help protect Lysichansk, their last major stronghold in the Luhansk region. Then Lisichansk fell.

“Almost every day we are given weapons, more and more powerful, and the footage shows how they smash the enemy in cold blood,” he wrote. “How should we perceive information about our achievements, capacity and stocks of weapons in the future?” he asked. “Read between the lines or take my word for it?”

The war also triggered a massive humanitarian crisis that has displaced millions of people from their homes and severely impacted the livelihoods of Ukrainians.

According to a survey released this week by the National Democratic Institute, only 5% of Ukrainians report living comfortably on their current income.

Yet the vast majority of Ukrainians retain strong faith in the military, as well as in Mr. Putin. Zelensky, according to the poll.

Svetlana Kolodiy, 34, a crowdfunding expert, said she was raising money to support Ukrainian soldiers and resigned herself to the fact that the war would last until autumn.

And few Ukrainians are interested in compromise with Russia. Ukrainians are “clearly not interested in trading land for peace,” an NDI poll showed. 89% of those polled said the only acceptable scenario was the return of all Russian-occupied territory, including the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

“Compromise with Russia is impossible,” said Maryana Gorchenko, a 37-year-old dentist from Kyiv. “Not after all the people who were killed.”