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Tue Mar 29, 2022, 01:51 PM

Ukrainians fleeing Russian invasion arrive in Edmonton on aid flight

Valentina Gvozd stepped into the arrivals gate at the Edmonton International Airport clutching a small bouquet of yellow sunflowers, her two young sons at her side.

Gvozd and her children, and about 60 other Ukrainian nationals, were on a flight that arrived in Edmonton Monday night refugees fleeing war as Russia's invasion of Ukraine heads into its fifth week.

While accurate numbers are hard to gather from an active war zone, the war has killed more than 1,000 civilians and injured another 1,800, according to the United Nations this week.

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Speaking in Ukrainian, Gvozd said she felt gratitude and relief as she stepped off the plane, following a difficult journey from Ukraine.

"First impressions are that you are welcoming us so graciously. We are here for the very first time," she said.

"What can I say? I am very grateful that you are accepting us. [As] Ukrainians, we thank you sincerely."

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ukraine-aid-mission-flight-edmonton-1.6401159

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Response to Spazito (Original post)

Tue Mar 29, 2022, 01:53 PM

1. Ty, Canada!



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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 29, 2022, 01:55 PM

2. Hopefully it's only the first of many more flights to come if needed!

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Response to Spazito (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 29, 2022, 02:40 PM

3. I hope so, too!

And I hope US steps up in a big way, too!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 29, 2022, 03:45 PM

4. From what I've read, it looks like the US will be opening the doors as well...

and making it easier for them as well.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 29, 2022, 05:30 PM

5. I'd read Joe said US will take 100k

But with millions displaced, that seems disproportionalely low.

Maybe just an initial group maybe?

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 29, 2022, 05:33 PM

6. I think many of the fleeing Ukrainians want to stay closer to their country...

in hopes of going back home so I have no doubt the European countries will be getting the majority of those needing a temporary home.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 29, 2022, 05:46 PM

7. Likely so.

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