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Hoosier History Live

Jun 23, 2022

We are being bombed.”

Carmel resident Svitlana Ramer, 35, received that frightening text message from her mother in February. Svitlana had immigrated to the United States in 2008 from Ukraine. Her mother and her 91-year-old grandmother continue to live in Kyiv, the capital city of the country that’s been the focus of international attention since its brutal invasion by Russia.

Svitlana and other Hoosiers have founded the Ukrainian Society of Indiana and held events to raise awareness of Ukraine and celebrate its heritage. According to the International Center of Indianapolis, where she is the vice president of development and external affairs, about 8,700 Ukrainian Americans live in the Hoosier state. About 2,150 of them are immigrants.