With the Ukrainian war entering its second month, the city of Kharkiv, the second largest city in the country, is experiencing a difficult humanitarian situation amid the continued bombing, but the regular soldiers and the resistance were able to force the Russian forces to retreat and break their efforts to encircle the city.
An old woman started her day in one of the squares of Kharkiv yesterday morning, by throwing bread crumbs to the wild birds that had gathered around her, and a man and his child near her were doing the same thing. This scene expresses that life in Ukraine still exists, despite the situation in the combat zones.
The situation of Kharkiv is similar to that of the capital, Kyiv, and the rest of the major cities, which Russian forces reached close to at the beginning of their campaign but were unable to break their defenses, enter or completely surround them.
A month later, the war could be painted with the strengths Ukrainians still had in resisting the Russian offensive. These are reasons that will make the fight long and the solution far away. It is the beginning of a war that has lost its way and left many reasons for life available behind.