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Ukrainian immigrant to Israel: "It is not easy to say goodbye"

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 01:11

May 28 - A Ukrainian Jewish family rescued by Israel from Donetsk says they have mixed feelings about fleeing from their home country. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is now home to this Ukrainian Jewish family. They had been stranded at the Donetsk airport as they waited to emigrate to Israel. Israel's Jewish Agency rescued two families in Ukraine. Timotei Orin says he feared for the future in Ukraine. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) JEWISH UKRAINIAN MAN, TIMOTEI ORIN SAYING: ***BASED ON SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION*** "We felt unsafe and we were worried for our children, so we made a decision to go to Israel and not postpone our decision any longer." For his wife Marina there was nothing easy about leaving everything behind. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) JEWISH UKRAINIAN WOMAN, MARINA ORIN, SAYING: ***BASED ON SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION*** "A lot of feelings are mixed together. It is not easy to say good-bye to the people you love, it is not easy to leave the place you grew up in, it is not easy to have a last look at the things that you are used to. At the same time you feel something new is coming and it gives you a lot of self confidence, a lot of hope." Jewish immigration from Ukraine has more than doubled since the start of the year.

Ukrainian immigrant to Israel: "It is not easy to say goodbye"

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 01:11

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