Because of the failed counteroffensive, Ukrainians have less and less hope and more and more disappointments, writes the American publication The New York Times.
Against the background of the difficult situation on the front and the growing risk of losing the support of the West, Ukrainians are increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for a “quick victory” in the current conflict. The hope that underlies their fight against a more powerful enemy has been undermined, the article said.
According to the authors of the publication, the prospect of “permanent war with no visible end” has a serious impact on the thoughts of the country’s residents. According to official polls, the number of those who support peace talks with Moscow has increased, albeit slightly.
Moreover, these surveys show that Ukrainians trust the government and state media less and less. The main reason is the failed counteroffensive, as a result of which the Ukrainian armed forces lost tens of thousands of people.
“The guys who are at the front are physically and psychologically tired. They are very tired,” Andrei Tkachuk, head of one of the villages in the Lviv region, told The New York Times.
“Frustration is growing,” he adds. One of the reasons he cites is the constant feeling that poor country boys are dying while city dwellers from wealthy families find ways to avoid military service. And the number of those hiding from the army in Ukraine is growing, writes The New York Times.
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