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KYIV, Ukraine — In the first months of the war, Yulia Fedotovsky found a coping mechanism to help her sleep through the night: She scrolled telegrams every evening and looked at photos of dead Russian soldiers burned and blown up.

In the beginning, she said, looking at the images helped her feel safe. But now as the conflict progresses, she says she is tired of the war. She tries to avoid the news and no longer gets satisfaction from the pictures.

“I used to scroll Telegram every evening before going to bed, otherwise it was difficult to fall asleep,” said Ms. Fedotovsky, 32, a public relations manager at an information technology company. These days, she said, “I’ve realized and accepted that I can die at any moment, and so I just live my life.”

Nearly five months into a bloody war in which Russia continues to make territorial gains, many Ukrainians remain angry and defiant about the invasion. But as the deficit continues to grow, so does the feeling of resignation, and the mood is slowly turning gloomy.

The fall of Lisichansk over the weekend, which handed Russia over to the heavily-competitive eastern province of Luhansk, was the latest in a series of heavy attacks, including some of the worst attacks on civilian targets since Russia’s invasion in late February. At least 20 people were killed in a missile attack on a shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk. At least 21 people were killed in a strike in a holiday town near Odessa. A strike on a residential building in the capital shattered the weak fabric of that city’s security.

The withdrawal of Russian troops from the capital in late March gave Ukrainians a sense of pride in their country and army, and there was a hope that victory might be swift. With the war showing signs of easing, however, people are angry about the losses and expressing disappointment that the Ukrainian government is downplaying the challenges ahead in order to boost morale.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has captivated the world with his determination and signature green T-shirt, continues to address Ukrainians who are obsessed with persuasion and defiance in nightly speeches.

“Something needs to be done about the policy of informing the population,” wrote Sergei Neretin, a journalist and former deputy head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency.

He said Ukrainian officials had justified their troop withdrawal from the eastern city of Svyarodonetsk, saying it would help defend Lysichansk, its last major stronghold in the Luhansk region. Then Lisichansk fell.

“Almost every day we are given more and more powerful weapons, and the footage shows how they pacify the enemy,” he wrote. “How in the future should we receive information about our achievements, strength and supply of weapons?” He asked. “Read between the lines or take them for their word?”

The war has also led to a massive humanitarian crisis, with millions fleeing their homes and severely affecting Ukraine’s livelihoods.

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

Nevertheless, according to the survey, most Ukrainians maintain a strong faith in the armed forces as well as in President Zelensky.

Svitlana Kolody, 34, a crowdfunding expert, said she was raising money to support Ukrainian troops and was resigned to the fact that the war would go on beyond collapse.

And some Ukrainians are interested in a settlement with Russia. The NDI survey found that Ukrainians “are clearly not interested in trading lands for peace”. Eighty percent of respondents said the only acceptable scenario was the recapture of all Russian-occupied territories, including the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

“There is no agreement with Russia,” said Mariana Horchenko, a 37-year-old dentist from Kyiv. “Not after all the people who have died.”


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