As the summer goes on, and with what might be a bigger Russian offensive looming, peace seems elusive.
“We thought we would be a generation that would not know war,” Ms. Zakusova said. Her mother, 88, survived World War II but is now trapped in a village in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
“We can’t reach her by phone, we can’t go there,” she said. “We have no idea what’s going on. Does she have food? Does she have medicine?”
Ms. Zakusova said if the war was still raging when winter came, she planned to go find her mother and stay with her. Her son would remain behind.
“He will survive, but my mother won’t,” she said.
“It will be all right,” she said, not just with conviction but also with a remarkable serenity considering all the hardships she had faced and were likely still to come. “We will be all right.”