Ukrainian Bradley student worries for family in Western Ukraine

Ukrainian Bradley University student Volodymyr Kohut.
Ukrainian Bradley University student Volodymyr Kohut.(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 7:07 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A Ukrainian student is reacting to Russia’s invasion of his country.

Heart of Illinois ABC first spoke with Bradley University graduate student Volodymyr Kohut last week, before the attacks started. The accounting student came to the U.S. eight years ago and remains close with his family in western Ukraine, who are safe at the moment.

“I’m here by myself. My family is, I’m on the phone with them 24-7, for the past three days or so,” Kohut said. “I didn’t sleep almost. So it’s been really tough.”

Volodymyr says verbal support and sanctions are appreciated, but he says more is needed from the international community to make sure the invasion doesn’t go beyond Ukraine’s borders.

“In 1939, people were doing nothing about Hitler, and that’s how it ended up in Europe,” Kohut said. “And right now, it’s not much different. Nobody knows what’s going to happen after Ukraine. Maybe [Putin will] go to a different country.”

He urges people who want to help to look for ways to contribute online. Meanwhile, some mobile providers are providing free calls to Ukraine right now.

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