PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — No translation is required as a grandmother from Ukraine performs along with her 10-month-old grandchild.
One Ukrainian household hopes that heartwarming sight will quickly come to the United States.
A number of months in the past, they lived a middle-class life in Kherson, in southern Ukraine. Today, they’re refugees on the run; first, they made a deadly journey to Moldova, after which they traveled to Poland. That’s the place Portsmouth resident Tania Skorokhod hopes to reunite along with her family members: a sister with a 10-month-old and a 7-year-old, the sister’s husband, and Tania’s mom.
“Hopefully, I can pick up my passport today. They told me to come over to the passport center and hopefully, I can go Friday and see my family. I’m gonna cry like crazy when I see them,” mentioned Tania in a Zoom interview from a resort room in Philadelphia.
She drove from Portsmouth to Philadelphia in a single day in her efforts to safe an emergency passport. The Portsmouth-based logistics skilled simply acquired her naturalization papers a couple of weeks in the past.
Last Friday, the president introduced Uniting for Ukraine, a brand new coverage to streamline the method of welcoming 100,000 refugees to the U.S.
“I was so happy so he announced it on Friday and they said they will provide more details on Monday,” she mentioned.
Those particulars embrace a web based portal the place households can add paperwork which might be wanted for visas and different credentials.
There’s hope for her speedy household however there’s little she will be able to do for the great-grandparents left behind in a area now occupied by Russian troopers.
“My grandmother call he r[Tania’s mother] in the morning and told her Russian soldiers were driving on the streets and they were like trying to check people’s houses. Now we don’t have police in the town, we don’t have groceries to buy, we don’t have medical supplies,” mentioned Skorokhod.
If Skorokhod is ready to safe a passport, and if her family members are capable of safe visas or different credentials, the speedy members of the family could possibly be in Portsmouth in early May.
“I’m just praying every day so they can get their visas so they can come here with me and stay with us,” mentioned Skorokhod.