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Ukrainian Refugees Receive Comfort and Prayer in Poland as Husbands and Dads Stay Behind to Fight

Randy Mancini 19 Apr 11

"It's really hard and I'm afraid for them, and I'm really really worried about them," she said.

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Denys, a 40-year-old single dad fled Kharkiv, another area hard-hit area by Russian shelling, after living in his basement for a month. He's been raising his son alone since his wife died a year and a half ago.  

"It was too dangerous to go outside because there was like constant bombing," Denys said. Of course, it was really hard, but somehow we felt protected."

Although he arrived at the Operation Blessing tent cold, wet, and hungry, Denys left full and dry, thanks to a new coat and a brand new suitcase to put his belongings in. Nearby, a crying baby is now smiling and content after being rocked to sleep by an Operation Blessing volunteer.

After the sounds of war started giving her three young sons nightmares, Marina, also from eastern Ukraine, decided to flee as well, also leaving behind an older son and husband to defend the homeland. "The Russians were bombing, the war had started, it was bad, really horrible," she said. "We don't know where we're staying, we're relying on volunteers to help, but we don't want to go back to Ukraine right now." 

Oksana, Denys, and Marina were also happy to receive prayer and thankful that someone like Operation Blessing was there in their time of need.

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