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Ukrainian Roots and a Family in Peril in Mariupol

Ukrainian, Oksana Tkachenko, has been living in Australia since 1999, but she still has family hiding from the invading Russian forces in an underground cellar in Mariupol, Ukraine. This is an excerpt from the Reaching For The Middle podcast Season 2 Episode 8. Oksana discusses her families wellbeing, and the Solar Flower foundation she's setting up, under her company Lean Finance ( ) in Brisbane, to assist those Ukrainians in need.

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Thumbnail image: War damages in Mariupol, 12 March 2022 (01) courtesy:

Ancient Ukrainian folk instrument - bandura, Бандура - Artem Kuzmik:

Battle for Mariupol: Civilians holed up in Azovstal steel plant - Al Jazeera 24 Apr 2022:

Over 20 civilians evacuated from Azovstal plant in besieged Mariupol, 9 News Australia 1 May, 2022

PBS NewsHour, 3 May 2022 - Ukrainian civilians desperately try to flee …

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