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San Antonio Ukrainians ask for help during meeting with Rep. Joaquin Castro

SAN ANTONIO — Ukrainians living in San Antonio hope to make their voices heard in Washington, DC A total of six women who represent local Ukrainian nonprofit San Antonio met directly with Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) on Friday.

They wanted to share their worries and frustrations about the war in their native country. They are looking for answers to help their loved ones back home.

“I keep in touch with my friends who are in hiding. They are scared and live in constant fear,” said Viktoriya Lundblade.

Lundblade said his hometown of Kharkiv was leveled by Russian shelling. It is one of many areas under constant Russian assault.

“You see a beautiful city, people dancing. Right now this city is bombed, destroyed,” Lundblade said.

Castro moderated the roundtable and wanted to reassure these women that their calls are being heard.

“I wanted to let them know that I’m listening and Congress is listening,” Castro said. “I know they speak in a very desperate voice because many of them still have family members there.”

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These women are calling for tougher sanctions against Russia.

“The United States is stepping up its military support, also imposing very tough sanctions on (President) Putin and Russia,” Castro said.

Castro said he was also working with Missouri Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) to impose social and cultural sanctions in Russia, as well as a way to help refugees.

“I’m going to take this conversation and talk to other lawmakers in Washington. There has been talk of a humanitarian corridor so people fleeing the country have a safe route, so they don’t risk being hit by Russian fire,” Castro said.

These women just hope that they can one day return to the Ukraine they once called home.

“Please stop this war. I want to go back to my hometown, which is already bombed, and I want to see my people,” Lundblade said.

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