Former Miss CT USA reunites with Ukrainian aunt in France; calls for US to do more to help refugees

A former Miss Connecticut USA was finally reunited with her 74-year-old great aunt who fled Kyiv alone as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.

News 12 Staff

Mar 14, 2022, 11:19 PM

Updated 805 days ago

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A former Miss Connecticut USA was finally reunited with her 74-year-old great aunt who fled Kyiv alone as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.
It took Olga Litvinenko's great aunt four days to get from Kyiv to the Polish border, where it took hours to be processed.
She then took an 18-hour bus ride to a city in France, which is currently welcoming refugees with furnished apartments.
Litvinenko was able to reunite with her great aunt in France Monday morning. Although she's now in a safe place, Litvinenko says she is frustrated there is no expedited process to get her to the United States as a refugee and is demanding change.
Currently, the Biden administration extended relief to some Ukrainians known as the Temporary Protected Status, which allows Ukrainians, who are currently living or studying in the U.S. to stay and work legally for 18 months. But it's only for Ukranians who have been in the U.S. since March 1.
"I'd really like to see our Congress work toward finding a solution to that immediately," said Litvinenko. "…If you can go home to your friends and family - and if that is in America - then we should be able to provide that immediately."
Litvinenko, along with other Ukrainian Americans are hoping a clear path for their friends and family is established.
Litvinenko and others created a GoFundMe to raise money for relief for refugees.  
CNN is reporting the Biden administration is considering expediting the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees who have ties to the United States.


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