Oksana and her family are among the countless Ukrainians who were forced to leave their homes to escape the Russian invasion. After fleeing Irpin, they began a chaotic journey looking for safety before arriving in the mountain community of Volovets. Oksana tells NBC News’ Molly Hunter about their difficult ordeal, and its toll on her two young daughters. She says her family felt blessed to spend time in Volovets, saying it was “like you came to your mother’s house.” Volovets is a small community in the Carpathian Mountains – a region that has been a refuge for people fleeing war for centuries. No one really knows how many Ukrainians have arrived seeking safety from the war. Helena Yavorska, a schoolteacher, tells us how the town is doing everything they can to help the newcomers, even putting beds into some of their classrooms.
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