The Russian invasion of her nation a year ago, according to a Ukrainian woman who recently moved to Cornwall, "put on hold" her life.
Kseniia Seredina moved to the county from Kyiv as part of the Homes for Ukraine program with her 80-year-old mother and 4-year-old son.
Because he is Russian, her husband had to go back.
927 Ukrainians have so far been sponsored to stay in Cornwall, according to the most recent UK government data.
Ms. Seredina claimed that when Russia began its assault on February 24 of last year, "everything was destroyed," dividing her family and forcing her to leave behind her "dream job" in marketing.
She described the morning of the invasion as follows: "My neighbor was knocking on the door and shouting out that 'Russia is bombing us.'.
I realized that my life had been put on hold because I had believed that the war might end in a matter of weeks or months. ".
The future was uncertain, according to Ms. Seredina, whose son "misses his dad so much" and who currently resides in St. Austell.
We're unsure of our location, she said.
Children go through a lot of trauma because of this. ".
She now understands that the war "isn't going to end fast," but she felt "resilient" because of the help she received from those in the county and beyond.
With the assistance of other nations, she said, "We feel strong.".
These are joint forces that fight not only for the territories of Ukraine but also for global democracy, human rights, and national independence.