Finding shelter from war

Woman, children escape nightmare of battle-torn Ukraine to discover solace in Sweet Home


February 15, 2023

Scott Swanson

In Sweet Home, Dan Martyniuk, left, works on a drawing as his brother Max and mother Daniia watch.

A year ago, Sweet Home, Oregon, was the farthest thing from Daniia Martyniuk's mind.

In fact, she'd never heard of it.

She and her husband Viktor lived in Odesa, Ukraine, with their two sons, Maksym (Max), now 12, and Daniil, now 9.

"We are an ordinary Ukrainian family that raised two kids," Daniia Martyniuk said.

They had "plans and dreams," she said, including one to build a house in 2022. It didn't happen.

Instead, Martyniuk, 43, is living in Sweet Home, literally halfway around the world from Odesa and her husband, a refugee from the war that erupted early last year with Russia's i...

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