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A Ukrainian family reunited in Louisville


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Anna Tallon’s children and parents are now safe in Louisville after fleeing Ukraine.

Her six- and four-year-old sons spent six months in Ukraine and left the country a day before the airport closed, narrowly escaping the war. Her parents flew from Poland to Chicago on Sunday.

Tallon’s sons still have fond memories of Ukraine, including schools, parks and buses. Not violence.

“We don’t explain to them,” she said. “They know the war is on and they know the Russians are bad guys right now.”

His parents have more frightening memories. Her disabled father, Valerii, joined the Territorial Defense Forces early in the war and survived a bomb attack on a municipal building that killed around 30 people.

His mother, Alla, is always triggered by aircraft noises, even in the United States

Anna said her parents are in denial and won’t talk about the destruction they saw at home.

“Even when I saw my mom being afraid of planes, she kind of ignored it,” Anna Tallon said. “I saw she wasn’t well and she just mentioned it.”

Tallon said his family didn’t send many photos because people were too heartbroken to document the damage, destruction and death.

She also said that she didn’t like speaking her native language, Russian, and wanted to speak Ukrainian instead.

“I think Putin couldn’t do more harm to the Russian-speaking population than he did because nobody wants to speak Russian anymore,” Tallon said. “We come from the most Russian-speaking city in Europe and we hate it because it associates us with Putin.”

His parents said they planned to stay for a few weeks or months, but Tallon worries it could be years before they can return home.

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