In the Russian-occupied southern city of Kherson, nonstop shelling has reduced buildings to rubble. In nearby villages, the fields are covered in debris.
But many residents can't leave. Instead, they do their best to move forward, hiding in basement shelters when the shelling gets too close.
On the roads, men still sell cow's milk, and care for their livestock. But it's not so much that life goes on, said CNN's International Security Editor Nick Paton Walsh — it's that life has nowhere else to go.
When asked about the possibility of leaving, one resident laughs. "I've got plans for tomorrow," she told Walsh. "Every day I go out, the goats are waiting for me. I'd sleep longer but there's shelling and the goats are asking for food."
Others feel they can't leave their homes while beloved children are on the front lines.
Another resident, Svetlana, said she was waiting for her son to return from the war in Mariupol.
Our children are all at war," she said. "My son is a prisoner. If he comes back and I have gone, it's like I have abandoned him."
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