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Fitchburg doctor smuggles daughter and grandson out of Ukraine


A Massachusetts man whose daughter and infant grandson were stuck in war-torn Ukraine says he managed to get his family out of the country. William Hubbard, from Fitchburg, said he, his daughter, Aislinn, her boyfriend and 8-month-old grandson, Seraphim, crossed the border into Slovakia after hours of hiking through the mountains. Aislinn Hubbard, 19 , has been in Ukraine for years after being invited to study ballet at Kyiv Choreographic College in 2018. She gave birth to Seraphim at home during an outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the child has neither a birth certificate nor a passport and does not have the necessary documents to cross the Ukrainian border. Hubbard said he has a DNA test that proves Aislinn is Seraphim’s mother and officials have access to birth photos. Aislinn Hubbard and her boyfriend, who is Seraphim’s father, resided about 18 miles from the Ukrainian capital of kyiv and 300 miles from an international border, and they do not own a vehicle. Before fighting began in Ukraine, Hubbard and his wife, Deborah, spent weeks trying to get Aislinn and Seraphim out of the country, but to no avail. Hubbard returned home after the war began and spent weeks trying to help them get out of the war zone. “The Ukrainians were making it difficult because we were foreigners, so automatically their minds went to the worst place and thought we were trying to steal a baby out of the country, and we had no alternative but to conceive a plan to get out of the country on our own,” Hubbard said in a virtual interview Monday morning from Slovakia. Hubbard said the family planned their route through the mountains using satellite maps. they crossed the border, Hubbard said her daughter, her grandson and her boyfriend presented themselves to the Slovak authorities. The Ukrainians were unwilling to provide,” Hubbard said. The family plans to drive across Europe, aiming to reach Portugal. “We will report to the US Embassy in Lisbon at that time, and there will be two new DNA tests, one for the boyfriend and one for my daughter, and they should be able to get all other documents within the next three or four weeks,” he said.

A Massachusetts man whose daughter and infant grandson were stuck in war-torn Ukraine says he managed to get his family out of the country.

Dr William Hubbard, from Fitchburg, said he, his daughter, Aislinn, her boyfriend and 8-month-old grandson, Seraphim, crossed the border into Slovakia after hours of hiking in the mountains.

Aislinn Hubbard, 19, has been in Ukraine for years after being invited to study ballet at Kyiv Choreographic College in 2018.

She gave birth to Seraphim at home during a surge in the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the child has neither a birth certificate nor a passport and does not have the necessary documents to cross the Ukrainian border.

Hubbard said he has a DNA test that proves Aislinn is Seraphim’s mother and officials have access to birth photos.

Aislinn Hubbard and her boyfriend, who is Seraphim’s father, resided about 18 miles from the Ukrainian capital of kyiv and 300 miles from an international border, and they do not own a vehicle.

Dr. William Hubbard

Dr. William Hubbard, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, pictured with his daughter, Aislinn, and grandson, Seraphim.

Before fighting began in Ukraine, Hubbard and his wife, Deborah, spent weeks trying to get Aislinn and Seraphim out of the country, but to no avail.

Hubbard returned home after the war began and spent weeks trying to help them get out of the war zone.

“The Ukrainians were making it difficult because we were foreigners, so automatically their minds went to the worst place and thought we were trying to steal a baby out of the country, and we had no alternative but to conceive a plan to get out of the country on our own,” Hubbard said in a virtual interview Monday morning from Slovakia.

Hubbard said the family planned their route through the mountains using satellite maps. Once they crossed the border, Hubbard said her daughter, grandson and boyfriend presented themselves to Slovak authorities.

“What’s amazing is that the Slovak authorities were able to provide them with documents within hours that our government could provide for months and the Ukrainians were unwilling to provide,” Hubbard said.

The family plans to drive across Europe, aiming to reach Portugal.

“We will report to the American Embassy in Lisbon at that time, and there will be two new DNA tests, one for the boyfriend and one for my daughter, and they should be able to get all the rest of the documents within three next or four weeks,” he said.


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