Local Ukrainians open church to offer support during Russian attack on their homeland – CBS Sacramento

ORANGEVALE (CBS13) – A heartbreaking and devastating blow when the local Slavic community learned that Russia was bombing their home country. Sacramento is home to one of the largest Ukrainian populations in the United States

“I’m really worried because Russia [didn’t] are just attacking part of Ukraine, they are attacking[ed] the capital and major cities of Ukraine,” said Erik Latkovskii.

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Latkovskii heard the sobering and terrifying news on his way home, then almost immediately headed to his church where he is the senior secretary to the pastor of Spring of Life in Orangevale. Latkovskii remains in close contact with a friend in Ukraine.

“He is in the western part of Ukraine. He sees a lot of military aircraft right now,” Latkovskii told CBS13. “Not only do they hear, they also see the bombs. They see the lights in the sky.

The church is home to a tight-knit Ukrainian community that is already coming together to offer support and any help, as many now fear for their friends and family.

“It’s very scary to see all this happen because in my mind it’s all about politics,” Sasha Datsenko said.

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Datsenko works at the Russian restaurant Firebird in Carmichael, but it’s hard to concentrate because she has family and friends in Ukraine.

“For my emotion, it’s the same. It’s like panic. It’s like you’re so sad about it,” Datsenko said.

A local community rallying and holding each other in support and prayer for family and friends thousands of miles away.

“I’m far away. And it’s hard for me to do something right now, but I’m going to pray to God,” Latkovskii said.

Spring of Life is planning a community gathering and prayer breakfast on Saturday, February 27 for people from all walks of life to learn about the crisis and Ukraine and offer their support.

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