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A Trumbull County family reunited with three relatives after fighting to get them out of Ukraine for four months.

Anton Roscoe, his mother, Lana Bielovorova, and Anton’s grandmother, Lydia Bielovorova, made it to the United States on June 16. They are staying in Springfield, Tenn., Where Anton’s father, Chris, was relocated from Warren for work.

Anton, Lana and Lydia fled Ukraine in early March after both Anton and Lana were wounded by Russian troops, and had been staying in Warsaw, Poland, while figuring out how to get to the United States.

Anton and Lana have dual citizenship in the United States and Ukraine. Their passports were expired, but the US Embassy in Warsaw was able to help the two get new ones.

Lydia is not an American citizen, so she had to apply for a visa. This required scheduling an interview for June 1. After the interview, she was issued a traveling visa, and the family was able to purchase plane tickets.

“We want to thank all those who helped our family,” Girard resident Ed Roscoe, Anton’s grandfather, said. “We could not have gotten them home without the generosity from this community.”

Roscoe raised money through a GoFundMe page. To date, more than ,500 17,500 has been raised. Most of this money went to pay for Anton, Lana and Lydia to stay in Warsaw, which cost as much as as 800 to $ 1,000 per week for housing alone.

WARREN CONNECTION

While in Warsaw, Roscoe helped connect his family with Wendy Marvin of Warren. She has been living in Warsaw teaching business English. Lana was the only one who spoke English, along with Russian and Ukrainian, so Roscoe said Marvin was instrumental in helping his family reach the United States.

“She was a blessing in disguise,” Roscoe said.

Marvin helped the trio navigate Warsaw and the visa and passport renewal application processes. She even sat down with the family to help them purchase plane tickets and ensure they got out of the country safely.

Lydia’s visa would typically be good for 90 days, but President Joe Biden has chosen to allow Ukrainian refugees who meet certain requirements, which Lydia does, to stay in the country for up to two years.

Now, the family is focusing on getting Anton, Lana and Lydia settled.

While trying to make it to the basement of the building they were living in during a bombing in March in Kharkiv, Anton’s face was injured by shrapnel and Lana was shot twice in the back and got several shrapnel injuries. It was after this they decided to flee their home.

Lana was sent away from a Ukrainian hospital when she attempted to get treatment because of an increase in civilian injuries and casualties at the hands of Russian forces. She was not able to receive treatment until the family made the 12-hour journey from Kharkiv to Ternopil, Ukraine, then the nine-hour journey from Ternopil to Warsaw.

Lydia did not want to leave. She said she wanted to stay with her friends and church, but Anton insisted he would not leave his grandmother in a war zone.

The three left with only the clothes on their backs. They left their friends and belongings, and Anton had to leave his dogs.

CHALLENGE NOW

“The challenge now is to get them situated and make them whole again,” Roscoe said. “They had to leave everything and everyone behind.”

He is still raising money for his family to get them clothing and food, as well as English classes for Anton. Donations can be made via GoFundMe at Help Anton, Lana and Lydia flee Ukraine. Roscoe is also accepting checks mailed to his house. They should be made to help Anton, Lana and Lydia flee Ukraine and sent to 14 Hickory Trace Drive, Girard, OH 44420.

Roscoe has not seen Anton since he was 4 years old, when he traveled to Ukraine to assist Lana and Anton in earning dual citizenship, and he has to wait a little longer.

His daughter, Elise Polinsky of Cleveland, is pregnant and her due date was Tuesday. After welcoming a new grandchild into the world, Roscoe plans to travel to Tennessee to welcome his grandson home.

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