For one Montezuma County family with roots in Ukraine, the Russian invasion is hitting close to home
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is having ripple effects across the globe from the highest levels of geopolitics to the most personal parts of people's lives. That includes right here in Southwest Colorado.
Natasha Erlandson and her husband Todd live here in Montezuma County, but the two met years ago in Ukraine. Todd was a missionary there at the time, and now he’s the pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Cortez. By now, Natasha has been in the states for more than twenty years.
But she grew up in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, which has been the target of heavy Russian attacks over the last few weeks. And until just a few days ago, her parents, Volodymyr and Luba, still lived in the city. They had to escape the city and make their way across eastern Europe by car - as refugees. Now, Volodymyr and Luba are safe in Germany, preparing for the last leg of their journey - a flight to America, and eventually to Cortez, Colorado.
KSJD's Lucas Brady Woods sat down with Natasha and Todd at Grace Fellowship Church to talk about their family’s experience.