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Toledo area woman keeps close eye on Ukraine with family still there

She grew up in Ukraine and has several family members still living in the hot spots.
Toledo area woman keeps close eye on Ukraine with family still there
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 9:10 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Across the world people are watching the Russian invasion into Ukraine but for a Toledo area woman it’s a much more of a personal fight.

She grew up in Ukraine and has several family members still living in the hot spots. Now she wants people to know this is truly a war.

Yana Khabina is a name University of Toledo fans may know. She ran track there. Now she wants you to hear a new story about her homeland that’s she proud of and proud of how people back home are defending it.

The images of Russian forces getting closer to the Ukraine capital of Kyev may not resonate with you like they do for Khabina. That’s where her mom and grandparents live.

“It’s real. It’s not a Russia propaganda saying it’s a peaceful operation. this is war. our houses are being attacked, people are dying, civil people are dying,” said Khabina.

So far, her family is safe but when the sirens sound they’re asked to go to bomb shelters. It’s a hopeless feeling thousands of miles away.

“It makes me feel horrible, like I cannot really help,” said Khabina.

Khabina says she’s proud of the Ukraine army and everyone still fighting for not only their country but to hopefully stop what could eventually become an even bigger problem.

“People are fighting for peace in the whole world because we don’t know what is in Putin’s mind right now and who is going to be next. is he going to stop in Ukraine or who is going to be next,” said Khabina.

Social media has allowed her to monitor what’s happening and help her inform her family if they didn’t get the word to evacuate, in a place where her heart and family still sit.

“I’ve always been proud to be Ukrainian but now I’m even more proud,” said Khabina.

Here’s another complication. Her grandparents can’t go to the bomb shelters because they’re not fully over COVID, so they must stay in their apartment.

Here are ways to donate and support people in Ukraine: https://linktr.ee/RazomForUkraine?fbclid=IwAR2cZvIemlm3fB8M5BCMxmXM9W7QJ2rJTXbb6Mj0Y-n-EIHN5z5KHh4-CRc

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