Viktoriia Yevtushenko, a freshman at the University of Pace, is caught between two worlds.

Return home in Ukraine, her country is under siege of russian hostile forces, which motivated her family to flee, losing her home. and business in the process. But in the United States, life continues as normal at the Campus of New York City of Pace, thousands of miles of war.

"It's like living in two different realities. There is a war and people are dying. But at the same time here, everything is fine," said Yevtushenko. "Everyone is smiling, and everything is fine."

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    while The war may seem distant, its challenges have arrived at Yevtushenko in the US. UU When your family lost your home and business, your financial situation changed almost overnight.

    "My family had money to pay for this semester, including my home and meal plan," said Yevtushenko. "At this moment, I'm fine, I know I can be here until May, but after May, I do not know."

    With her family now in Germany, Yevtushenko faces an uncertain financial future . Many other Ukrainian students in the United States are dealing with the same subject, their financial situation suddenly and violently changed by a Russian invasion that has devastated cities and families. googleg.cmd.push (function () googleg.display ("dfp-ad-article_in_article"););

    Many Russian students in the US UU They have also seen that their financial positions change rapidly, thanks to the sudden devaluation of the ruble.

    In accordance with the open door report 2021 of the Institute of International Education, there were 4,085 Russian students and 1,739 Ukrainians in the United States for the academic year 2020-21. Of Russian students, 2,022 were college students, 1,663 were graduate students, 317 were studying on non-frozen tracks and 803 were in optional practical training programs. For Ukrainian nationals, IIE counted 877 college students, 529 graduation students, 48 ​​on tracks not of origin and 285 enrolled in Opt.

    Now, thousands of those students need help.

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    Pace University is home to 33 Russian students and 12 Ukrainian students. The Pace is trying to meet your needs, that the notes of the Marvin Krislov presence can be as varied as the students themselves.

    "I think most of these students are graduated students," he said. "Some of them may be enveloping their education; some of them are still in the middle of it. In this way, it is an individual circumstance."

    Krislov added that the Pace is reaching foundations, partners and churches Community to help support students. googleg.cmd.push (function () googleg .display ("dfp-ad-article_in_article_low"););

    Key concerns, he said, are basic needs, such as food and housing. In response, the University has channeled some funds to students through its Emergency Pace Cares Fund. But there are many other challenges for students, including their mental and emotional health. Krislov also emphasizes the importance of creating a community where students feel welcome and supported by Pace employees and classmates at this time of need.

    "What we see is that when students are going through these experiences, they are very disconnected from their typical support base, and they can not even be in contact with the family, because communications can be cut or being Very difficult, "said Krislov. "And it's really important for us to adopt them, to try to help you and listen to

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