‘I am Ukraine’ highlights accounts of flight and hope

From left, Olha Myroshnychenko, of Whitehall, Anastasia Vykhrystyuk, of Mt. Lebanon, Kateryna Boiko, of Sewickley, and Diana Denysenko, of Whitehall, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in the Strip District. (Photo by Stephanie Strasburg/PublicSource)

Russia’s war on Ukraine sent millions scrambling for safe havens, including Pittsburgh, and shocked people with roots in the Eastern European country. In advance of three I am Ukraine events, four women share their stories.

by Olha Myroshnychenko, Diana Denysenko, Anastasia Vykhrystyuk and Kateryna Boiko, For PublicSource

Nearly two years ago, Russia invaded Ukraine. Pittsburghers of Ukrainian descent immediately felt the emotional impact. The war displaced some 11 million Ukrainians, the vast majority of whom remained in Europe, but thousands of whom came to the U.S.

Some found their ways to Pittsburgh.

I am Ukraine is a series of three free events featuring discussions, song, dance, food tasting and video presentations crafted by refugees and other immigrants from the country, plus others with deep roots there, running from Sunday through Feb. 10.

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