Why our fight in Ukraine is yours too
Updated 1524 GMT (2324 HKT) June 1, 2022
Kyiv (CNN)I couldn't stop crying as my 75-year-old father helped load my backpack and food for my dog into a friend's car that was parked outside my parents' apartment building.
This was mid-March. From the first day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, I had moved to stay with my parents in the northern part of Kyiv. Now, I was leaving them behind, relocating to Ternopil Oblast in the west in search of safety.
We had spent a little over a week together, explosions going off non-stop around us, mostly far away, but still scary. There was also fighting in the yards nearby.
With all this happening outside my window, I could barely concentrate on my work. But my parents didn't want to go. Leaving their home scared them more than staying in a city under attack.
It was the thought that we might never be able to come back that was the most devastating — to all of us. But I couldn't stay.