Apr 28, 2022 • 1HR 18M

"Ukrainians are not nazis," catching back up with the Ukrainian-American women we interviewed on the first day of the invasion.

Several interviews from the weekly fundraiser event at Rocky Mountain Deli and the library, including the Mayor of Estes Park.

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Jason VanTatenhove
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In today’s episode, we catch up with the three women we heard from on the first day of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. They give their perspectives as Ukrainian-Americans with family connections back to the country and region, including family and friends who have remained in Ukraine and Russia.

Natasha Pleshkova is from the Kirovograd region in central Ukraine.

Iryna Irkliienko, from Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine.

Irina Lekhno is from the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

We also hear from a local Russian-American who now lives in Estes Park about his unique perspective on the Russian invasion.

As a bonus, we also have a chance to speak with Estes Park Mayor Wendy Koenig about coming out to support Ukrainians in need at the weekly fund-raiser happening every Wednesday at the Rocky Mountain Deli and how you can support this initiative.

I have also included part of the lecture that the three Ukrainian-American women gave last night at the Estes Valley Library.

If you missed the event and would like to view it entirely, you can find it on the library’s Youtube page.

If you would like to reach out to the Rocky Mountain Deli, to connect and support the fundraising, you can find contact information on their website.

For the latest updates from the Estes Park Ukrainian community, join the Ukrainians of Northern Colorado Facebook group.