MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) — As the war in Ukraine nears the seven-month mark, Ukrainian families are still coming to terms with what is happening in their home country.

“There have been fires, battles and shootings in our city in recent months,” Natalya Skopina said. “Our city has been captured by Russia.”

Some people were able to escape like Alex Pyl who managed to cross this bridge to Switzerland with his grandmother.

“It was scary because the Russian army was attacking at that time,” said Alex Pyl.

Unfortunately, his pregnant wife Olga is still in Kyiv.

“She worries every day,” Pyl said. “Right now she is close to a lot of the Russian Federation.”

Meanwhile, Natalya Skopina managed to get to Ireland, where they live in a refugee house with 200 people.

“When we got there, there were no showers or kitchens,” Skopina said.

Local businesswoman D’wanda Schwartz tries to help. She joined a group called U4U. It is a government program that allows people to sponsor Ukrainians to bring them to safety and provide them with housing. Schwartz sponsored both families in hopes of bringing them to Mobile.

“We had the availability to be able to offer them our home and it seemed like a great opportunity to get them to safety,” Schwarz said.

Getting them here is always a challenge.

“We really hope to get them here safely, so the biggest need right now is flights,” Schwarz added.

Now Schwarz and the families are asking for help to bring them to their new home and a fresh start in Mobile.

“We have nowhere to go back to,” Skopina said.

“We want to see our kids happy and have a good, maybe normal life,” Pyl said.

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