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New York resident stuck in Ukraine as war with Russia rages: We’re ‘losing hope’


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A New York resident, who left the Soviet Union decades ago, is stuck in Ukraine amid the invasion as Russian forces step up their efforts to take control of major cities.

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Valentina Bajada and her partner Heidi Russell have joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss what it’s like on the ground in Kyiv as Russian forces attempt to take over the country.

“People in Ukraine [are] lose hope,” Bajada told co-host Todd Piro. “They know Putin won’t let go. He will do anything to conquer this country, take over his people, take over, and if he can’t win through war, he has nuclear weapons, which he won’t hesitate to use.”

“Everyone else in Ukraine knows that Putin won’t take it easy,” she continued.

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An armored personnel carrier burns and damaged light utility vehicles lie abandoned after fighting in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Marinko Andrew)

Russian forces shelled the country’s second largest city, Kharkiv, on Monday, killing hundreds.

Despite continued attacks, peace talks are taking place in Belarus between Russian and Ukrainian officials.

“Every day is getting worse,” Bajada said. “Right now, today, it may be quiet, but Putin and his army and his aggression, collectively are coming to Ukraine right now.

“In a few days things will start again, and people know it,” she continued. “Older people know this. Those who lived through the war know this. So we are asking for help to save us, to help us because Ukraine is in grave danger today.”

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New York resident stuck in Ukraine as war with Russia rages: We’re ‘losing hope’

Ukrainian refugees arrive at the train station in Przemysl, Poland, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Russell also underscored the seriousness of the situation, expressing her anguish that Bajada would return home.

“It’s been incredibly difficult…just sitting here in New York wanting my loved one to come home and knowing there are so many other people struggling there,” Russell said.

The United Nations has warned that the ongoing invasion is likely to fuel the humanitarian crisis and more than 120,000 Ukrainians have fled the country to take refuge in neighboring countries.

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