At 1:30am on March 4th, 2022 Irina's bible teacher urged her to leave Ukraine.

Hours later, the Russian army stormed the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, about an hour from Irina’s home in Dnipro.

satellite imagery prior to invasion

Israeli groups got her out of the country within 4 days.

Irina had her citizenship eligibility check in Israel.

This previously unavailable option, was newly created to expedite the process for fleeing Ukrainians.

On arrival, the government housed new Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in hotels for free.

the dividing wall between Israeli West and Palestinian East Jerusalem

“[The food] was very delicious, and the staff was  — I don’t know if it was non-Jewish, Arabian people. But they were treating us so kindly.”

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On March 17, a group of officials including the Israeli president came to the hotel

to hear Irina and other Ukrainian immigrants recount their stories.

Within 10 days, Irina received an official ID reflecting her citizenship status.

Irina's apartment, Jerusalem

Staff and volunteers from different Jewish organizations would regularly come to the hotel

to take the new immigrants on administrative errands, offer clothing, toiletries and an array of other items.

Yad L'Olim Shop Jerusalem