At first glance, Kyiv looked strangely normal. There were a few barricades here and there, but mostly the streets were busy, traffic was moving, shops were open and restaurants were full. You could buy French wines, American energy drinks and Swiss chocolates at the local grocery store.
Scratch beneath the surface, however, and find a society profoundly scarred by the Russian invasion. Every Ukrainian I spoke to had a friend or relative who had been killed or wounded or displaced.
But they are determined to carry on. Ukrainians seem determined to show that the Russian invasion has not brought their lives to a halt.
Read more from Fareed Zakaria at The Washington Post