Ukrainian families come to central Texas in the midst of insecurity

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) – Ukrainian families in Austin are helping people from their homeland settle in central Texas as the war with Russia continues.

Tatyana Myslovsksya from Round Rock is part of one of the families that lends a hand. A friend recently put her in touch with journalist Lesya Moskalenko, who lives in a village just outside Kiev.

Moskalenko had been visiting the United States when the war began. She was unable to return to her country and needed a place to live. Myslovsksya took her and her family in.

“All Ukrainians are family. We are very strong and very connected,” Myslovsksya said.

For Moskalenko, every second is filled with uncertainty. Her parents, animals, friends and colleagues are still in Ukraine, with no sign of being able to get out.

“Every day she waits for her parents to wake up and writes to her that they are okay,” Myslovsksya translated to Moskalenko. “Today the bomb went off right in the middle of her village.”

While trying to hold back emotions, Moskalenko told KXAN that the situation in her home country is “terrible”. Rape and murder have become too common. She does not know when she can go home again.

“When you are in your mid-40s, starting over, but not having a future, you live day by day trying to figure it out,” Myslovsksya explained to Moskalenko.

Myslovsksya says there is hope after President Joe Biden requested nearly $ 33 billion from Congress to help Ukraine. Another glimmer of hope is the new bond between these two Ukrainian women, once strangers but now family, brought together through the devastation of the war.

“We will continue our relationship,” Myslovsksya said. “We have already talked about flying to Kiev.”

They say that many Ukrainians who have fled their homeland are either waiting to return or are applying for temporary or refugee status in the United States.

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