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Ukrainian immigrants in Clark County fear for homeland

Pastor recalls Soviet rule, worries for relatives’ safety

By , Columbian staff writer
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Paul Demyanik, pastor at Ukrainian Baptist Church, pauses for a portrait in his church's sanctuary in northeast Vancouver. He fears for those in his homeland if Russia takes over the country.
Paul Demyanik, pastor at Ukrainian Baptist Church, pauses for a portrait in his church's sanctuary in northeast Vancouver. He fears for those in his homeland if Russia takes over the country. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

As the Russian government moves into Ukraine, local Ukrainian immigrants fear for the freedoms of their friends and family.

“Every one of us does have a connection with our relatives,” said Paul Demyanik. “We know truth not from the television or internet; we are calling and writing to our relatives.

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