Ukrainian refugee flees to Haines to live with daughter
March 31, 2022
HAINES-Of the roughly 3.8 million Ukrainian refugees who've fled their country since Russia's invasion last month, one, an 82-year-old woman from Odessa, is now living in the Upper Chilkat Valley with no return ticket home.
Alla Blazhko-Getman is living with her daughter and son-in-law, Natalia and Hans Baertle, across the bridge at 26 Mile Haines Highway.
Natalia, a former high school teacher in Ukraine who moved to Alaska in 2010 after marrying, said she attempted to fly her mother out of Kiev to Frankfurt, Germany before the invasion, but Lufthansa, Germany's largest airline, stopped...