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The war has already done untold damage. By some estimates, tens of thousands have died, and the country has sustained tens of billions of dollars’ worth of damage that has left cities flattened. But Ukraine has also largely stopped the offensives of its much larger and better-armed neighbor and has regained some captured land.
On the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion, these Ukrainians reflect on how the past year of conflict has changed their lives.
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Here’s a guide to how the war came about, and what’s at stake for Russia and the world.
People in Ukraine have become adept at telling which threats are probably not deadly, leaving room for a little enjoyment, and even hope.
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Sabrina Tavernise contributed reporting.
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