Katya’s home in Valuyskoye was completely destroyed during fighting in 2014. They fled to Russia where they started over as refugees. With nothing. Four kids plus parents. One must say things went well for them in the Nizhnyy Novgorod Region. But a short circuit-caused fire nearly killed them. Katya saved the family when she woke up the parents and carried out two of her unconscious siblings. She received an order for bravery. I wrote about it in August, in a post titled Hero Girl.
They all survived but…had no place to live. They returned to Lugansk, as there was no place for them in Valuyskoye and they didn’t want to go back there anyway. It’s occupied by UAF, therefore they went to LPR. To start over with nothing for a second time. But already this summer they suffered a tragedy.
The father fell from a height, broke both legs, including one compound fracture. He was working off the books, which meant no benefits or compensation. He was recently discharged but he can still barely walk. Everything fell on Katya’s mom’s shoulders. Work, home, four kids, rented apartment.
We periodically try to help them with food.
And here’s our Ira and Petya.
Petya came back from captivity last winter. I wrote a lot about them–click on the “Ira and Petya” tag at the bottom.
It’s a complex story. While Petya was in captivity, Ira waited. Their house is in Pervomaysk, but on the other side. Ukraine’s. After the exchange of prisoners, Ira and her kids dropped everything and came to Lugansk to her husband. They live in a dorm together there.
Petya was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. We all collected money for medications from him. Ordered medications from India and I wrote later that he was cured. A recent second analysis also showed he’s clear!
Their boys are amazing. They spent all this time in the epicenter of war.
Fighting in Pervomaysk never stopped and still goes on. There’s constant shelling on the outskirts. I’ve never experienced total quiet there.
The boys are lively, funny, curious. It’s hard to believe when looking at them that they spent three years hiding in cellars watching shells explode nearby. In Lugansk, of course, it’s quiet by comparison with the separation line. But how many families still live there and have nowhere to go…
The family lives in a dorm after starting over from zero. It was very hard, now things are somewhat better.
We continue to help them with food when able to.
Friends, thank you for your caring and concern!
Both families live in Lugansk. Both fled from UAF-controlled territory.
Both lost everything and started over from zero.
Both have multiple children.
Their homes, relatives, entire lives remained over there, where they can’t return. They can’t even call their relatives…And these were happy families who had homes, jobs, and everything going for them.
How many families are like that?
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