EXCELSIOR, Minn. – The family table of Alex and Nadia Romochka is set with three more places these days, while Nadia's Borscht has some extra cabbage.
Both are wonderful developments for the grandparents. It means their son Alex, his wife Katrina and 4-year-old granddaughter Anastasiia have made it safely out of Ukraine.
The family arrived in Excelsior two weeks ago, with an assist from Senator Al Franken's office, to be reunited with Alex's parents and brother, Sergey, already living in the Twin Cities.
"Our mom cries," says Katrina looking back at the past few months of worry,"and now she smiles every day."
As tensions rose in their country, Alex and Katrina knew they had to leave – even if that meant locking up their home and the pharmacy business Katrina runs.
"I see my daughter and I know today she is safe," says Katrina.
The family was granted a six month visitors visitor. Alex and Katrina hope you US officials will extend that.
Katrina's parents remain in Ukraine, as does her brother and his family. She Skypes with them every day and worries about their safety.
The couple expressed gratitude to the U.S. government, as well as Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior which is assisting the Romochka family.