The news is filled with photos and stories of the devastation in Ukraine and the resilience of the Ukrainian people. This post shines a spotlight on the humanity.
The man pictured, Eugeniy, is the nephew of a friend. His aunt, Larysa, blessed my life after I’d been in a bad car accident. Weekly sessions of her working on my damaged back keep me moving. She emigrated from Ukraine. One of her sisters lives in Ukraine, one in Poland. During our time together, I hear how her family members are coping and learned of their compassion.
Eugeniy and his wife live in Lviv. They work as registered nurses in the emergency room of a hospital. Two weeks ago Eugeniy took part in the trip to evacuate wounded soldiers at Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. They brought them to Lviv for care.
Why the photo of him holding the pups? Along with his twelve year old son and eight year old daughter, they’ve been taking in animals from people fleeing Lviv. These pups were two of the rescues now in their care. Below are the five birds and older doggy they took in from the streets, with notes attached to them, hoping someone would be kind…
My admiration for this family grew as I heard more of their story. I hope they stay safe and continue their compassionate care – and that some day in the near future – the critters will be reunited with their families. Stay safe and happy trails to you all.
Thank you. What a beautiful story.
Thank you, I thought so. Larysa initially told me about a group saving horses and moving them to a safe pasture. Then she mentioned her nephew. We need to keep these stories in front of us.
Thank you for sharing, Sally. My eyes are filled with tears. Such an inspirational family. Thank you!
Thank you, Belle, and I agree. We wanted to get him to do a short video for the news, but he is very busy and shy about his command of English. Unless we here stories of this nature, we really don’t comprehend what innocent people have left behind. I can’t imagine leaving my 2 dogs and 2 cats. Heart wrenching decisions.
Yes. Horrifying. This war should have never happened.