Ukrainian exchange student in NC faces decision to stay or return home during Russian attack

ByTommie C. Curtis

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CARY N.C. (WNCN) – For Ukrainian exchange learners researching in North Carolina, the conclude of the college calendar year marks a challenging final decision, to remain here or go property to a state under attack.

In just a several months, 17-year-outdated Pavlo Panchuk will leave from Raleigh-Durham Worldwide Airport for japanese Europe.

However, he cannot fly specifically dwelling to Ukraine and will have to cross the border by bus.

Panchuk mentioned it is all really worth it to see loved ones once again.

“I want to be property, I want to be with my mom and dad, I have to be sure that they are wonderful,” Panchuk said.

For months, Panchuk has been juggling university operate at a Wake County Higher School, all the though getting alerts from back again property.

“But I still get notifications like, you have sirens in your dwelling or they are bombing that city or that town,” Panchuk reported. “It was actually nerve-racking at that time.”

He experienced the solution to remain extended in the United States beneath a Temporary Protected Status, regarded as TPS.

The U.S. Section of Homeland Protection estimates that 59,600 Ukrainians in the U.S. qualify for TPS.

“Over spring crack it was decision time involving TPS and heading house. I selected to go household,” Panchuk said.

He explained he arrived to the selection due to the fact he needs assist translate for his mom and grandmother really should they need to flee to one more state or support other citizens in protecting their city in northwest Ukraine.

“If the war is as it is now, I can support with the volunteering, I can enable our armed service in spot,” Panchuk mentioned.

His host mother, Laura DeAtkine, reported it’s a combined experience for both people, right here and in Ukraine.

“We would appreciate him to keep, but I am unquestionably very pleased of him for likely home,” DeAtkine mentioned. “What can make me really happy is we talked about, you know, how he demands to be there to rebuild the region.”

Regardless of unknowns, Panchuk will not let the Russian assault stop him from pursuing his dreams of attending college or university, hopefully in Lviv.

“I actually hope in Lviv, which is where by my father examined, that is where my brother analyzed, exactly where I want to review,” Panchuk mentioned.

Folks can come across far more facts about applying for TPS on the US Office of Homeland Stability site right here.