Ukrainian Connecticut students speak out on Russian attacks

The students said they were doing what they could to help from afar, raising funds and standing up for the Ukrainian people.

HARTFORD, Connecticut – As part of the Ukrainian Global Scholars program, students can learn here in Connecticut, attending some of the most prestigious schools in the state.

“The main goal of this organization is for us to get a western perspective, a broad western education and with new knowledge we come back to Ukraine and help develop the nation,” said Yuliia Kulchytska, a student at Wesleyan University.

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It’s been hard to focus on school lately. Young students, faced with something their peers cannot understand, as their homeland is under attack.

“The last 48 hours have been sleepless, it’s horrible to know that my hometown has been shelled by Russian troops. My family has been safe in a bunker for 48 hours,” said Westminster student Oleh Atamniuk Simsbury School.

“Every Ukrainian has already learned what the sound of explosions sounds like,” said Yale University student Oleksii Antoniuk. “It’s a war, it’s a war. People are hiding in their bomb shelters. There are always air sirens going off.”

Thousands of miles from family and friends, they feel their pain but also feel helpless.

“My sister, she’s a kid, of course she’s freaking out. It was heartbreaking for me when she called me this morning and said, ‘Oh my god Yuliia, in this moment I realize that I may never see you again,” Kulchytska said. .

“It’s hard to realize that my friends in Ukraine, 18, 19 years old, are recruited to fight for the country. It’s just a different reality,” Atamniuk said.

They’re doing everything they can to try to help from here in Connecticut.

“I tried to raise funds from students and teachers at my school. I’m doing my best to raise awareness and we also need American support,” Atamniuk said.

The students said there is one thing every American can do during this difficult time.

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“Americans can help Ukrainians not spread misunderstandings, by digging into the question of what is really going on,” Kulchytska said.

“Read only verified sources, make sure your information hygiene is well developed. That would probably be the best thing you could do,” Antoniuk said.

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A rally is scheduled to support Ukrainians this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol.

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