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From Tragedy in Ukraine to Hope in the Holy Land

The latest Fellowship Freedom Flight from Ukraine brought nearly 200 more Jews to Israel this week. In the above video and a feature article, Arutz Sheva's Yoni Kempinski reports on the violent and traumatic life these Ukrainian Jews left behind to come to their new home in the Holy Land:Most of the new arrivals are refugees from the war-torn eastern section of Ukraine, and they were greeted by Bnai Akiva volunteers and IDF Border Patrol officers, as well as the Association of Ukrainian Immigrants in Israel.One particular immigrant had a highly unusual story, which gives clear expression to the hardships being suffered by Jews in eastern Ukraine where the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels continue to clash..."Being a driver I saw many dead people, many wounded. There was blood in the streets. I cannot tell you how many times I had just left a certain place and then seconds afterwards a bomb fell there."The hardest part of his job was evacuating the dead, he said, noting: "one time, I had to put 137 corpses in trash bags. They were faceless, nameless, and we buried them in huge mass graves. The morgues were full to capacity. I lost 15 kilograms just from the stress of seeing such things. My sister (from the burns she suffered) became half a human-being. This is what life is like in Eastern Ukraine and no one can tell you any different."The Krugolovs were welcomed at Ben-Gurion Airport by the Zvagorodenei family who came to Israel on IFCJ’s first Freedom Flight in December 2014."They set an example for us," the new immigrants said of their predecessors. "Things worked out for them relatively quickly. We also hope to start new - and better - lives here.”


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