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Ukrainians working in Petersburg share their experiences


March 24, 2022

JESS FIELD / Petersburg Pilot

Serhii Dudnichenko, left, and Yevhen Koval hold their countries flag in front of the Pilot. They are two of the 26 Ukrainians currently in Petersburg working for OBI Seafoods.

When Russia invaded Ukraine last month, it didn't shock Serhii Dudnichenko, a proud Ukrainian. Dudnichenko, 40, knows all about Russia because he was born into the USSR. And he would hate to see his fellow Ukrainians go back to that way of life, because he remembers his parents being unable to buy food or basic necessities.

Dudnichenko and 25 other Ukrainians are working for OBI Seafoods in Petersburg this season. The war forced them all to make a tough choice: stay or leave?

"One part of me, want to go home and defend Ukraine, because it's my home," Dudnichenko says. "But another part of...

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