Ukrainians in Huntsville fear for loved ones amid Russian invasion

Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 10:06 AM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - As the situation in Ukraine escalates, Ukrainians living in the U-S are on edge, staying in close contact with family and friends.

WAFF spoke to a woman from Ukraine living in Huntsville now, whose family heard the attacks overnight Wednesday.

“My parents live in the western region west of Ukraine. It was bombed Wednesday night. They heard the missile attack that fell a little more than 10 miles away from my parent’s house.”

Yaryna Zhurba’s parents, sister, and close friends live in Lviv, a western region of Ukraine. WAFF spoke to Yaryna via zoom. She is currently living in Huntsville attending college at UAH. She says she tried to get her parents to fly to Huntsville weeks ago, but they didn’t want to leave.

“My father wanted to stay in Ukraine during this specific period. He is in his 60′s and he wants to help the military there. So they will stay. I just hope they don’t lose internet access and phone access so I can stay in touch with them,” said Yaryna.

Yaryna says all she can do now is watch, wait and pray that her family stays safe.

“What Russia is doing now is not rational behavior. But unfortunately, you can’t rationally comprehend Russia. We need to fight back. It will be a scary world if Russia moves forward. In my family, going back generations my family has fought for independence. My grandfathers on both sides were sent to Siberia to fight for independence. But Russia wants to take our independence. It will be really hard to fight with such an enemy. We need support,” said Yaryna.

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