Ten months after war began, Chicago continues aiding Ukrainian refugees

People attend the funeral for Ukrainian soldier Gennadiy Afanasyev, 32, who was killed recently in the Luhansk region on December 30, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Earlier this month, an adviser to the Ukrainian president said that up to 13,000 Ukrainian troops had died in the war since Russia's invasion on February 24. But neither government publishes official figures of war casualties. Photo credit (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Ten months after Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian community in Chicago continues continue to help war refugees who are settling in the United States.

The Selfreliance Association has helped about 3,000 Ukrainian immigrants who have come to Chicago since the war began in February, according to association president and co-CEO Walter Tun.

The association offers legal assistance and helps immigrants find clothing and obtain food stamps and more.

Tun says the organization had one employee at the start of the year. But when the war broke out, many volunteers and attorneys came in to help the new arrivals.

“With help of the state of Illinois, which has been really helpful for us, we have now 13 full-time employees,” he said.

Tun says he’s seen the resilience of the Ukrainian refugees. Some who have experienced the horrors of war are taking it well, but he says others are depressed and that you can see it on their faces.

He said Chicago’s Ukrainian community is thankful to see the United States stand behind its people.

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