BOZEMAN - Members of the Patramanskyy family keep their phones close, as they remain in contact with their cousins, brothers, sons, mothers and fathers in Ukraine.
The Patramanskyy’s immigrated to Bozeman from central Ukraine more than a decade ago and began BYP Tileworks. While working, their phones stay close to them as they connect with friends and family in war-torn Ukraine.
Yuriy Patramanskyy, his son Bogdan, daughter-in-law Diana, and one-month-old grandson Timur, watch the news and see the images of what used to be their home. Yuriy is finding it difficult to sleep, knowing he has a two-month-old grandson is in Ukraine.
“We hear and watch TV, they’re bombing kids, and preschools,” Patramanskyy says, “It’s just so sad.”
Diana Patramanska’s entire family is still in Ukraine, and she is thankful that they are still alive but is still fearful for what the future may bring. The family originally planned to travel to Ukraine soon to show Diana’s parents and other family members Timur.
“She’s trying to speak with them every day, asking to speak on video so she can see them,” Bogdan translated.
As the tragedy continues, admiration for President Zelenskyy and the strength of Ukraine rings strong amongst the Patramanskyy household.
“I feel very proud of all of the Ukrainian people, and the president,” Bogdan said, “He’s not running, he’s still fighting.”
Bogdan goes on to explain that President Putin is not just fighting the Ukrainian army, but the entire country of Ukraine. Sanctions may be implemented on Russia, but Bogdan is not certain that this will cease attacks on Ukraine.
“They’re hurting Russian economy really bad, but I don’t think he (Putin) cares about Russian people, he doesn’t care about anybody else,” Bogdan said, "If he takes Ukraine, I don't think he'll ever stop",
Despite the fear, heartache, and worry, the strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people keep the Patramanskyy’s hopeful for the future. Bogdan and Yuiry are working together to begin a fund to assist those in Ukraine.