One Year After Russian Invasion, Ukrainians in Italy are Still Finding Their Footing

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 09:37
Russo-Ukrainian War protesters in Milan
Pro-Ukraine demonstrators in Milan in February 2022, in the early days of the Russian invasion / Photo: Creative Lab via Shutterstock

It was difficult for Yaryna Shendryk to hold back tears as she recounted fleeing with her three children from her home in Sumy, Ukraine, one year earlier, spending days sleeping on church floors, waiting for an elusive bus that would transport the family to Italy. 

“We were scared and exhausted. We didn’t know what was going to happen,” Shendryk said of their first days in Italy. Her fingers wrung a tissue, but her voice was as icy as the wind blowing through Milan’s Piaz

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