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Missionaries share hopes and concerns for Ukraine

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by Leanne Harple

ALBANY — Dr. Theresa and Scott Cianciolo, of Albany, along with their two sons, Sammy and Alex, have just escaped from a war zone.  In January, they had just moved to Rivne in western Ukraine with their twins, whom they had adopted from the country eight years earlier and had been raising in the United States.  After living there about a month, they were finishing a mission helping orphans in the Carpathian mountains when they received alerts from the U.S. Embassy to attend a virtual meeting.  They received alerts before saying the country was facing an imminent war, but up until then the war seemed speculative and far away.

They believed that the region they were in was safe. At this meeting though, they heard the last commercial flights out of the country would soon be leaving, stranding them permanently.

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