In Germany, we found refuge with the family of our friends. They provided us with a roof over our heads and helped us adapt to our new life. I was grateful for their kindness, but I couldn't just sit idly by. I wanted to do something to help Ukraine. I joined a group of activists who organize events to support Ukraine abroad and raise funds for the army.
I live in Huntsville Alabama for 7 years. I heard the first explosions of the war in my hometown of Kharkyv on the phone while talking to my brother on that night. Now in Ukraine, he supplies 200 people in a small village near Kharkiv with food and medicine. We bought many heaters for each house, made repairs of the houses at the village. I am actively collecting help here in America and sending it to him. My brother is the only one in the village who has a car. He travels to another city to buy everything people need. The road is very dangerous. There may be mines or armed people. This is a big risk every time. But this is how my brother and I have been helping Ukrainians survive from the beginning of the war to this day. There are 22 children in the village. A lot of elderly people. I talk with them almost every day by phone. It is very painful to see whats going on in Ukraine now. I tried to go to Ukraine several times. But by raising money here, sharing information, news about events in Ukraine, I help a lot more! I understand that. I am very grateful to my friends who gave donations for the benefit of Ukrainians.
I didn't give up because I believe in Ukraine. I believe that we are a strong country with a brave people.I didn't give up because I want my children to grow up in a country where there is peace. I didn't give up because I want Ukraine to be free and independent. I will continue to work until Ukraine wins.
In February 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine, and my life changed forever. I heard explosions as they approached my house. I saw people fleeing from the war. I knew I had to leave. I gathered our belongings and went to Germany with my children. We were among the millions of Ukrainians forced to leave their homes because of the war.