Ukrainian coach awaits return from Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Countries around the world are reacting to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The crisis enters the twelfth day as buildings are destroyed and more than a million Ukrainians seek refuge in other neighboring countries, Poland and Hungary.

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A family currently stuck in chaos overseas now have ties to Lexington.

Olha Myroshnychenko is a Ukrainian rhythmic gymnastics coach. She came to Bluegrass a few weeks ago for a vacation.

“When the war broke out, I already understood that I couldn’t go home,” Myroshnychenko said.

Myroshnychenko is from a town close to the Russian border and for three days there has been no electricity and there have been internet connectivity issues.

But Myroshnychenko is doing her best to make sure she stays in touch with her family. His daughter, brother, mother and father are still in the country.

She added: “I understand how difficult it is for them because the town where I live is under constant fire. There is a lot of destruction.

She spoke to her daughter on Sunday. His family is on the seventh floor of a building that has already been hit by bombs. But evacuating his family is almost impossible.

She continued, “There is a place you can go, but it’s too far. My mother can’t go. She is too old and too weak.

The airline offered Myroshnychenko a voucher to change his ticket to April 9, as soon as possible to fly to Ukraine. Even this route is not guaranteed.

She hopes to see her family again next month but prays that it will not be at the expense of Ukraine’s freedom.

Myroshnychenko was scheduled to fly to Ukraine on March 5 and be in Kiev on March 11. She is a judge in the Deriugina Cup, which begins on March 13.

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