“In our city, the lights were completely turned off, and the sirens worked, and I’m trying to put things in suitcases, and it’s a terrible panic,” – said Ukrainian refugee Valentina Kondira.
Candyri called daughter Oksana Kondan, who lives in Jersey City, that the war in Ukraine began. The original plan was to bring her two youngest daughters, aged 13 and 14, to the Carpathians, but quickly changed to a plan to flee the country. Their father was forced to stay. They finally reached the United States on March 1.
Kandyri is one of more than 1 million refugees who have left Ukraine since the Russian invasion.
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