ORLANDO | Svetlana and Ivan wanted to have another baby for years. The excitement at the news of her pregnancy was short lived as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began Feb 24, 2022.
Finishing her first trimester, the couple and their 10-year-old son decided to stay in Odessa as long as possible. Then, on April 23, Svetlana was in her ninth floor apartment when a cruise missile slammed into the building, exploding four stories beneath her and leaving portions of the third through fifth floors hollow. She ran from the explosion.