I had a college friend, Maria, years and years ago who was Ukrainian by descent. I suspect her family history was similar. I never discussed it with her at the time, and wish I had now.Thanks TD. My mum had to escape from there in 1942 as a 21 yr.old girl. Her father, the only one left of a family of 5, told her " Get out of here" wanting her to have a better life elsewhere. Her journey here was epic, that's all I can say. Norm from the Rare Guitars in L A did a video as his father came from the Crimean Peninsula said" Nobody gains anything in the end." He's right. Hope I have not breached politicising rules here, speaking on a humanitarian basis only.
I still watch the WhatsApp comms when the teams go out. The last couple of runs have been straightforward and uneventful, which is good. The weather is worse and the nights are get longer - you really don't want complications on top of that.
Unfortunately, many of the refugees that came over were part of a programme where the government provided financial support to their host families for 6 months, which is now coming to an end. There are therefore increasing numbers becoming homeless. Again, mentioned on a humanitarian basis only - I don't think comment is required as to the efficacy of the government's approach.