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As Russia’s invasion grinds on in Ukraine, people in the capital Kyiv commemorate the fallen while trying to live their everyday lives in the midst of war.

Small flags commemorate Ukrainian soldiers killed after Russia’s invasion of the country in February in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the central square of Kyiv, the country’s capital, on Oct. 26, 2022.

Small flags commemorate Ukrainian soldiers killed after Russia’s invasion of the country in February in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the central square of Kyiv, the country’s capital, on Oct. 26, 2022. (J.P. Lawrence/Stars and Stripes)

A photo of a Ukrainian soldier killed in May rests among hundreds of small flags commemorating war dead at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the central square of Kyiv, the country’s capital, on Oct. 26, 2022.

A photo of a Ukrainian soldier killed in May rests among hundreds of small flags commemorating war dead at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the central square of Kyiv, the country’s capital, on Oct. 26, 2022. (J.P. Lawrence/Stars and Stripes)

Valery, who declined to give his last name, comes to feed the pigeons every other week at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv’s central square. At his home, he doesn’t have electricity and there’s nothing for him to do, he said on Oct. 26, 2022. “At least here, they know me,” he added, referring to the pigeons.

Valery, who declined to give his last name, comes to feed the pigeons every other week at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv’s central square. At his home, he doesn’t have electricity and there’s nothing for him to do, he said on Oct. 26, 2022. “At least here, they know me,” he added, referring to the pigeons. (J.P. Lawrence/Stars and Stripes)

A pot of pansy flowers adorns a marker for a Ukrainian soldier killed at the age of 21, in a memorial next to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv’s central square, on Oct. 26, 2022.

A pot of pansy flowers adorns a marker for a Ukrainian soldier killed at the age of 21, in a memorial next to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv’s central square, on Oct. 26, 2022. (J.P. Lawrence/Stars and Stripes)

A notch displays an image of a Ukrainian killed as part of the recent war with Russia, as part of a display in which each notch holds information about another death, next to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv’s central square, on Oct. 26, 2022.

A notch displays an image of a Ukrainian killed as part of the recent war with Russia, as part of a display in which each notch holds information about another death, next to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv’s central square, on Oct. 26, 2022. (J.P. Lawrence/Stars and Stripes)

A Ukrainian soldier walks past flower memorials to war dead into St. Volodymyr's Cathedral, a major center for the Orthodox Christian community in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 26, 2022.

A Ukrainian soldier walks past flower memorials to war dead into St. Volodymyr's Cathedral, a major center for the Orthodox Christian community in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 26, 2022. (J.P. Lawrence/Stars and Stripes)

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