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Russia-Ukraine war: As more than 1 million flee, thousands from Northern California look to head to Ukraine to fight

SAN FRANCISCO – It was a night of panic at a nuclear plant in Ukraine on Thursday.

Parts of the plant, one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants, came under fire after Russian forces opened fire, prompting Ukrainian officials to call for an immediate end to fighting in the region in a bid to prevent a possible global catastrophe. .

The news comes amid escalating war in the Eastern European country.

The crisis has caused more than a million people to flee, seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

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But while many are fleeing, others are trying to turn in the opposite direction.

Yan Semenovskyi is a Ukrainian who specializes in medicine here in the United States. He lives in San Francisco last week.

“I was speechless, and I basically woke up drenched in sweat and the first thing that came to my mind was to call all my friends, all my family members to make sure everything was fine. That everyone is safe,” he said. Semenovsky. .

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Semenovsky says last week of the war hit him hard. He is thousands of miles away from home and can not help his friends and family.

Now all that is about to change, as Semonovsky says he will return to his homeland of Ukraine to help repel the Russian invasion, hoping to use his medical training to serve his country.

“My profession is to heal people and give life, so that is my main goal and goal,” he said.

With the country now in a war zone, the 27-year-old says he is well aware of the dangers, but assures me that he remains fearless.

“No one wants to die. Everyone is afraid of death. But in this case, I do not know, it is like a moral duty,” Semenovsky said.

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His family, like millions of other Ukrainians, is doing what it can to help the war effort.

His sister delivers supplies to those most in need. His grandfather was building a shelter to protect himself from Russian bombs.

“And my grandmother is staying at home right now and she made some Molotov cocktails on her balcony. Before she fed the pigeons,” Semenovsky said.

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But Semenovsky says it is not just him or his country that is at risk if Ukraine loses this war.

“Right now they are trying to fight for the rights and freedoms of the whole democratic world,” he said.

Semenovsky is not the only one interested in going to Ukraine to help repel the Russian invasion. The Ukrainian consulate here in San Francisco says it has received interest from hundreds of people.

Dmytro Kushneruk is the Consul General of Ukraine in San Francisco.

He tells me that hundreds of Americans here in the Gulf region have also approached, interested in going to Ukraine to help the wartime effort.

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“The number of those who called us or wrote us emails and we were able to process their request is about 1,400 people,” Kushneruk said.

It is a move, he says, that has touched the hearts of Ukrainians around the world.

“At first we were a little surprised that there were so many people. Now we are used to it, now we understand that we feel this unity of the world,” Kushneruk said.

But with so much at stake and fighting against a drastically oversized Russian army, Semenovsky believes the Ukrainians will eventually prevail, giving hope not only to their people but to the world.

“Our people will never be defeated. They will never surrender,” Semenovsky said.

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