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‘We must be strong’: Ukrainian student worries about his family as Russia invades – NBC Chicago

Mykhailo Ivaniuk is worried sick for his family as Russian forces continue their attacks on his home country of Ukraine.

“They’re relatively safe,” Northwestern University student Ivaniuk told NBC 5. now to stay in secure places.

Ivaniuk, a young computer science student in the Ukraine Global Scholars program, is doing all he can to help those in his native country.

“We try to help our people who are fighting in Ukraine as much as possible by organizing different fundraisers and raising awareness,” he said.

Ivaniuk’s father defended Ukraine eight years ago against Russian forces, and now he is doing it again.

“Everyone is doing their part,” he said. “Right now is not the time to have emotions. We have to be strong and we have to help, and then we can win.

Ivaniuk told NBC 5 that his family prepared for the invasion by stocking up on necessary supplies. They are now helping other Ukrainians who are fleeing different regions.

“All Ukrainians are scared right now, but even though we are scared, we don’t give up,” he said. “We try to do our best to defend our country.”

Even though Ivaniuk is more than 8,000 kilometers away, he swears to defend his country to the end and hopes that more universities will condemn Vladimir Putin’s aggression and support their Ukrainian students.

“Just keeping quiet in this situation definitely helps these war criminals achieve their desired outcome,” he said.

NBC Chicago

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