LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Anna Tallon’s kids and fogeys at the moment are secure in Louisville after fleeing Ukraine.
Her six and four-year-old sons spent six months in Ukraine and left the nation someday earlier than the airport closed, simply barely escaping the warfare. Her mother and father flew from Poland to Chicago on Sunday.
Tallon’s sons nonetheless have fond recollections of Ukraine, together with the colleges, parks, and the buses. Not the violence.
“We don’t clarify it to them,” she mentioned. “They know that the warfare is going on, they usually know that Russians are dangerous guys proper now.”
Her mother and father have scarier recollections. Her disabled father, Valerii, joined the Territorial Protection Forces initially of the warfare and survived a bombing at a municipal constructing that killed about 30 individuals.
Her mom, Alla, remains to be triggered by the sounds of planes, even within the U.S.
Anna mentioned her mother and father are in denial and don’t discuss concerning the destruction they noticed at dwelling.
“Even once I noticed my mother being afraid of the planes, she sort of brushed it off,” Anna Tallon mentioned. “I noticed that she wasn’t okay and she or he simply sort of talked about it.”
Tallon mentioned her household hasn’t despatched many pictures as a result of individuals are too heartbroken to doc the injury, destruction, and demise.
She additionally mentioned she doesn’t get pleasure from talking her native language of Russian, and she or he needs to talk Ukrainian as a substitute.
“I feel Putin couldn’t do extra injury to the Russian-speaking inhabitants than what he did as a result of no person needs to talk Russian anymore,” Tallon mentioned. “We’re from essentially the most Russian-speaking metropolis in Europe and we hate it as a result of it associates us with Putin.”
Her mother and father mentioned they plan to remain for just a few weeks or months, however Tallon worries it might be years earlier than they get to return dwelling.
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