ZDVYZHIVKA, Ukraine — Deep in A pine forest north of Kyiv is the Ukrainian capital. It was home to a beautiful mushroom that had warmed its brown cap. in the gentle autumn sun — it was an all but irresistible scene for Ukrainian mushroom hunters.

However, there was danger everywhere. Line after line of trenches remained from the battle were visible through the mossy forest floor. for Kyiv in winter last year, along with many mines & unexploded projectiles. There are thousands of potential dangers associated with mines, as well as the attraction of their quarry. Ukrainians in The first mushroom season since Russia invaded for mushrooms.

They are now in The season’s final phase is the post-picking stage, when the harvest is tallied and the preservers are set. for It is going to be a long winter. This risk might seem extreme for It was long considered a pastoral pastime. But, the Ukrainian mushroom hunters see it as a passion. They are passionate about their tranquil walks in The forest and see in them a sign of Ukraine’s resilience and a way to preserve ordinary life during wartime.

“I wanted to go back to a peaceful life,” Dmytro Poyedynok was 52 years old and a yoga instructor from Bucha, Kyiv. He was mushroom hunting on a fall day.

He stated that he had seen such mushroom excursions. “symbolic for me as it’s a peaceful hunting” in The forest was ravaged by so much violence. In Glades and meadows are rusty from blown-up tanks. While you were looking earlier this fall for He found mushrooms in a makeshift grave that looked like a child’s.

People who have suffered the horrors and loss of their loved ones in wartime often find great relief. in routine. Many people have lost their jobs, and now rely on mushrooms to make money and preserve food. for winter. Although they may have lost their loved ones, mushrooms hunters were not ready for the loss of glimpses into their past lives. in The misty, damp autumnal forest.

As the war drags into a 10th month, Ukraine’s government and people remain defiant, even as electricity blinks, water taps go dry and apartments hover around freezing temperatures from lack of heating as Russian missiles attack infrastructure targets.

UkrainiansMany of them have second homes. in People who live in villages feel a strong connection to the countryside. in towns and cities that they knelt for no one — but would do so to pick potatoes or photograph mushrooms.

As he had done throughout his life, Mr. Poyedynok took his bicycle to the Bucha pine forest, carrying several plastic bags.

He was a witness to the horrors of the Occupation of Bucha. During this month, Russian soldiers murdered civilians and left their bodies in the streets. He claimed that his uncle had been killed, and that he was threatened with execution.

The forests in The majority of areas once occupied are still heavily mined. Mines Unexploded ordnance and unexploded bombs cover thousands of miles of Ukrainian territory. according to the interior minister, Denys Monastyrsky.

The Ukrainian government appealed to people not pick mushrooms. for Forest resources placed formal restrictions on walking in forests in There are nine Ukrainian provinces, which includes the area around Kyiv in which Mr. Poyedynok is.

But specialists say it will take at least a decade to demine the forests — and many Ukrainians they were not prepared to wait so long before returning to their favourite hobby.

Regular reports of mushroom hunters walking on mines were received from nine provinces. in The forest was closed. These numbers aren’t very high considering the war that killed tens to thousands. Three to four people per area have stepped on mines while searching, losing their legs or dying. for Local officials confirmed that mushrooms were present.

“Generally people are careful, but not all of them are,” Viktoria Ruban, a spokeswoman, said for the Kyiv Province’s emergency service, which has responded to calls when mushroom hunters step on mines.

While Mr. Poyedynok used teach packed yoga classes, very few of his former students have stayed. in Ukraine. With The amount of money he can earn from teaching has decreased dramatically, mushrooms as they have done so many times in Time of distress or famine in Ukraine has been a great help.

He claimed that he was capable of picking 550 pounds worth of mushrooms. The bounty was kept by his family. for Winter for They gave a lot of their earnings to family members and friends. They also began to sell mushrooms.

Some of the buyers are mushroom pickers, who work long hours. for You feel the pleasure of this pastime but you are too cautious to go into the forest.

“Those who always go mushroom picking but now are scared started coming to us just to smell the mushrooms, look at them,” said Mr. Poyedynok’s wife, Yana Poyedynok, “and eventually started buying them.”

The family made around a thousand dollars from selling mushrooms this season.

“It is not a lot,” Ms. Poyedynok, 44, said, “but covered some small expenses.”

Most of the time, Mr. Poyedynok went out on his own to mushroom hunt.

After the excursion with his family when he came across the child’s grave, his wife and son became afraid of the forests, and now seldom join him. They will only visit the forests they’ve been to before and those they feel safe in.

The celebrations that Russian soldiers have begun to withdraw from Ukraine are usually short-lived. Soon enough the bodies are discovered and the accounts of atrocities against civilians are revealed. But these are only the beginning. The dangers in The forests are threatening to endanger our lives today. for There are many tomorrows.

In September is when the Kharkiv region is at its peak in The northeast was retaken, and it was right at the peak of mushroom season. Reports began to come in within weeks. in Of mushroom pickers walking on mines. Three of them were maimed in October in Officials from the local government said that the forests had been retaken.

In One forest at the outskirts Izium, a town in Kharkiv: Officials claimed that investigators discovered hundreds upon hundreds of graves with civilians, as well as a mass grave where Ukrainian soldiers seemed to have been buried.

Raisa Devianko, 65, lives right next to this forest. In September saw the exhumation of human remains from her backyard. She watched as it happened. Now she can see the demining work.

Although mushrooms season ended, she never made it to the forest.

“All of this is very horrible,” Ms. Derevianko spoke out about the mass graves. “But what I want the most is for them to finish clearing my forest. I miss mushrooms so much.”