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Ukrainian refugees find sanctuary in Petersburg


September 8, 2022

Ola Richards / Petersburg Pilot

Standing in Petersburg's Cannery Park, Arsen Tatizian holds his daughter Kateryna alongside his wife Snizhana.

When Arsen Tatizian arrived in Petersburg earlier this year he did not think he would be staying in Alaska beyond the end of his contract with OBI-much less with his wife and his daughter at his side.

The Ukrainian first stepped foot in Little Norway on February 6.

It was his second year working for OBI, though he spent his first summer at their plants near Wood River and Larsen Bay.

He was only here for two weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine.

While he continued with work, his mind was on the safety of his wife Snizhana and their two-year-old daughter Kateryna, or Kate in English.

They wer...

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