Ukrainian woman in Tallahassee watches war from thousands of miles away

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – At the Soleil 7 hair salon in Tallahassee, you can find Dasha Maynard, a Ukrainian who has lived in the United States for five years, who came to Tallahassee just a year ago to pursue studies in cosmetology.

“I miss Ukraine, living here. My soul, my spirit is over there in Ukraine,” Maynard said. “We all want peace in this world, but Ukrainians are dying.”

His family still lives in Ukraine. Maynard said she was several miles away, but was watching them every day.

“I’m very grateful that we still have a connection and I can connect with them every day, so it’s terrible, it’s heartbreaking, it’s a terrible situation,” Maynard said.

As she watches the destruction unfold in her home country, Maynard said her family’s support at work has been nothing short of amazing.

Maynard’s boss, Tara Scranton, said they were making sure she didn’t have to deal with the worries of the war alone.

“We all came together to fill that lack of family and friends,” Scranton said. “It’s really hard for me to put myself in his shoes, I can’t even imagine being that far away in general without the circumstances being difficult in themselves, so not being able to have that physical contact with your family.”

The support is also felt outside the living room from the people she met in Tallahassee for whom Maynard is very grateful.

“You can’t imagine how much that helped me,” Maynard said.

A GofundMe has been set up for Dasha Maynard’s family, click here to find out more.

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