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Orlando man remains hopeful as fiancé ‘shelters in place’ during Russian invasion of Ukraine – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — The conflict between Russia and Ukraine hits home for an Orlando man who said his fiancé was trying to survive in the beleaguered nation.

Eric James’ home is lit up with yellow and blue lights in support of Ukraine as he awaits updates from his overseas love.

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“We try to communicate with each other every day, and I don’t know if this is the last time we will be able to communicate,” James said.

As he waits for her phone call at night, she takes refuge at her home in Kiev.

“There’s a feeling of nervousness, there’s a feeling of worry,” he said.

James said the two met in Orlando, when he visited, and went back and forth.

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James was just in Kiev for Valentine’s Day two weeks ago when the US government told him he had to evacuate.

Now he says everything has changed.

“They can’t go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, the banks are out of money,” James said.

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And it is difficult to get in touch.

“There is nothing we can do but pray,” he said.

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