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From left, Oksana Lopatska, 13; Julia Lopatska, 15; Solomon Lopatskyi, 11 months; Ivanka Lopatska, 18; Ivan Lopatskyi, 6; Mariia Lopatska, mother; Marharyta Lopatska, 8; and Ivan Lopatskyi, father, are photographed in their home in Everett on Aug. 31. The family fled bombing in Rivne, Ukraine, and arrived in Everett in April.

EVERETT — After a monthslong journey that took them from Ukraine to Poland to Mexico to Everett, Ivan Lopatskyi’s family of eight squeezed into a crowded house. There were 16 people in all.

They shared beds and laid mattresses on the floor — happy nonetheless to be away from bombings and in the home of Lopatskyi’s brother, and grateful to the U.S. for offering refuge.

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Ivan Lopatskyi owned a plant nursery before he and his family fled the war in Ukraine.

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Ivan Lopatskyi holds a Bible he brought from Rivne, Ukraine, to his present home in Everett.



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