On the Brink of War With Russia, Ukrainians Are Resigned and Prepared

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First American News LLC: Raleigh, NC: Computer whiz Danylo Kovzhun has taught his children to handle a pistol. Confectioner Roman Nabozhniak is training colleagues to run his business so he can focus on fighting Russians. Bar owner Vitaliy Kyrychenko keeps his gas tank full in case he needs to get out fast.

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Ukraine has struggled to maintain a sense of stability since it became an independent country in 1991 and has been at war since 2014. But with 100,000 Russian troops gathered nearby, threatening Europe’s biggest land war since the 1940s, people there say something feels different this time.

“It became kind of normal to say, ‘What, again?’ ” said Mr. Kovzhun, 46 years old. “On the other hand, I tend to be panicky. I think it’s going to be a nightmare, like Syria. That’s the only thing Russians can do.”

Mr. Kovzhun is among those who in 2014 supported the army with clothes, food, and equipment when forces were threadbare. Ordinary folk is ready to pitch in again, he said, adding, “We know the drill.” Sign up for The Wall Street Journal Continue reading on Ukraine and Russian Confrontation

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