Olathe’s wife worked on a Ukrainian military base bombed by Russia

OLATHE, Kan. – While the Russian attacks unfold in Ukraine, here in the Kansas City area, many members of the community still have family there.

“After 18 days, I’m still in disbelief,” said Nataliya Borth, who has family in Ukraine.

As Borth watched her daughter practice ice skating on the subway, she says her mind was racing thousands of miles away, worrying about the destruction of her country in Ukraine.

“Every day is worse, I don’t know what will come next,” she said.

KSHB 41 News spoke to Born two weeks ago.

“It’s such a burden, when you know someone you love so much and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Borth said at the time.

And this week, his family continues to be in danger.

“You see the hometown and the word bombing next to it, it’s very, very scary,” she said. “They bombed the city of Lutsk and they bombed a military training center near Lviv and that’s where most of my family is.”

Borth said his family was unharmed.

“When I spoke to my mom, I think she has a brave face,” Borth said.

But Borth knows this area well.

“I saw footage yesterday and one of the missile craters was the size of a car somewhere you used to walk [and] talk, and now a crater like this,” Borth said.

This military base was where she worked as an interpreter alongside NATO officials.

“I loved it, I felt like I was doing something important,” she said. “I was filling that gap during the Cold War.”

But this cold nostalgia has been replaced by an intense reality.

“It’s very difficult to understand that your country is in the middle of a war and all that comes with it, there is absolutely no peace,” Borth said. “My message is to stay emotionally invested, this is not a war between Ukraine and Russia, this is a war between good and evil.

KSHB 41 compiled a list of dedicated resources to help those affected by the war in Ukraine.

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