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Alaskan with Ukraine ties shares fears for family and friends overseas

Thursday was an emotional day for Yuliya Jordan as she sat on her couch inside her Palmer home, swiping through photos of friends and family from Ukraine.
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 10:51 AM AKST
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PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - Thursday was an emotional day for Yuliya Jordan as she sat on her couch inside her Palmer home, swiping through photos of friends and family from Ukraine. Each photo she scrolled by is followed by a comment about where the person in it is taking shelter from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“This is my dad, he is still in Ukraine, he is hiding with his family as well. His family is hiding in the crawlspace,” Jordan said while scrolling through her phone.

The crisis in Ukraine has taken a toll on Jordan emotionally. She didn’t go to work Thursday, instead connecting with family and friends in Ukraine to make sure they were alright.

In 2007, Jordan moved to Alaska from Ukraine after she married her husband. Her mother and brother live in Alaska as well.

“Emotionally it’s hard. I didn’t expect it to be that hard for me,” Jordan said.

Friends and family tell her it’s difficult to leave Ukraine because of traffic from citizens trying to flee the country, along with the airports and trains being closed.

Throughout the day Jordan said she spent time thinking of ways she could help people in her home country and researched different programs to help Ukrainian refugees in different countries.

Despite what’s taking place in Ukraine, Jordan said many of her Russian friends have reached out in support and to condemn Russia’s attacks.

“I receive lots of calls from Russian friends who are sorry, offering help if they can help me or my family in any way,” Jordan said.

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