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Human Rights

Chance delivered some Ukrainians to Philly just before the Russian invasion. And trapped others in a war zone

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — When Maryna Bondar and her husband knew they would be moving from Ukraine to the United States, the culmination of a years-long immigration process, they never expected that something they didn’t pack would prove to be the heaviest to carry: a sense of guilt. By pure accident of timing, the couple were admitted into this country Feb. 23 — the day before Russia invaded their homeland, starting a war that has killed thousands of Ukrainian troops and civilians and destroyed parts of major cities. That turn of fate delivered the couple to safety in Northeast Philadelphia. And trappe…

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