How some Ukrainians are starting over

When Russia attacked, she and her father, 77, tried to hold on until a powerful explosion ripped off the front of her house as they sheltered inside, forcing them to flee under continuous bombardment towards the territory under Ukrainian control.

Ms Dudyk said her husband, 59, enlisted to fight the day Russia intervened and joined Ukrainian forces inside the Azovstal steelworks. He was among 2,500 fighters captured by Russia as prisoners of war in May, and she has not heard from him since. Last month, an explosion at the prison camp killed more than 50 people, but Ms Dudyk dreams he will one day come home.

Today, her home is a cramped shelter in a temporary modular town created for Ukrainian refugees, where she lives with her father.

“I want to make the flower shop a success,” said Ms. Dudyk, who is expanding it with advice from another refugee who once ran a nursery. If all goes well, her spartan display case will be transformed with new shelves and more flowers.

She especially wants to sell roses: “My husband always brought me big bouquets,” she says smiling. “But for roses, you need a refrigerator. And I have no money.

With her savings low, Ms. Dudyk applied for a grant under the government’s support program for small and medium-sized businesses.

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