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Anya Verkhovskaya on having relatives in Russia and Ukraine

Friends of Be an Angel board chair Anya Verkhovskaya shares the divisions, difficulties and pain that are faced by people who have family and friends on both sides of the Russian and Ukrainian border.

By Aditi Debnath | Here & Now

March 7, 2023

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Anya Verkhovskaya:
I have family and friends on both sides, and I can't, deny that a lot of my, family and friends are not talking to me anymore because of what I'm doing, or distancing themselves from me, which is okay. There is, it's painful, it's difficult, but I always think of people who are on the ground in Ukraine, in the same or similar situation whose relatives on the other side of the border do not support them, do not believe them, and it's much harder for them. I also am very fortunate to have my team in Europe, and here in Milwaukee with the Rotary Club and UMANA, people I can talk to about what's happening within my family dynamic, or my friends, and they understand and they listen. I talk to a lot of my colleagues and friends in Ukraine, and Women's Movement for the Future, colleagues, and they relate to what I'm experiencing, and they inspire me by their words of wisdom. It's, it's very difficult for everybody. I don't know how it's going to impact the future of my family and friends. I think that it's irreparable damage.

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