The war in Ukraine divided many families, just like the Kosteckis. Jarosław takes care of his relatives who have found a safe haven in Poland, while his father has been fighting at the front for their country and future for a year now.
A year ago, Jarosław said goodbye to his father, who was returning by bus Ukraine. When the war began, Wadim left his job at the factory in Kostrzyn nad Odrą and once again decided to defend his homeland. He previously served in the army in 2014 and 2015.
– He (father – ed.) told me: “Listen, I have no responsibility. I’m just going to fight for the country. And you, son, have a lot of responsibility. You have to take care of your family, you have to move them here and do everything to make them they were safe.” I got them here. The city I’m from is currently occupied. In the first days, when it was not yet occupied, it was under fire, because we have such a large military airport, and it was terrible – recalls Jarosław.
However, their hometown of Melitopol, located in the south-eastern part of Ukraine, is still under Russian occupation. Just like the village of their grandparents, where the rest of the family found shelter for a while. When it was occupied by the Russians, they decided to come to Poland, to Jarosław, who graduated from economics in Poznań and found a job here.
Vadim is alive and sends photos from the front to his relatives. Everyone hopes that they will soon be together again, in a free and safe Ukraine.
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