North of Kyiv, the Russians Retreated. But the War Never Left.

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MOSHCHENKA, Ukraine — The tanks are gone now, and the thousands of Russian soldiers who poured into northern Ukraine in February have retreated back across the border.

But fear still prevails in this quiet village only six miles from Ukraine’s border with Russia and Belarus.

In the distance, Russian artillery shells rock the neighboring towns every day. Their explosions send a shudder through residents who lived through weeks of Russian occupation and have not forgotten the intimidating presence of Moscow’s army as it marched by on the way to Kyiv.

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