From war zone to Whitehorse: How social media brought these Ukrainian dancers to Yukon


Two professional dancers from Ukraine have found a new home in Whitehorse through an unlikely source: the social media platform Instagram.

A year ago, Olexii Ogarov and his wife Violetta Umanes were living out their dream in Odesa, Ukraine, teaching dance, touring and competing in championships.

But when Russia invaded Ukraine, everything changed.

“Yup, changed quite a bit,” said Ogarov.

No longer dancing, they then found themselves hiding out in a basement alongside nine other families, guarding their lives along with about 40 others.

“We have duties in the night time, to hear when missiles attack, ” Ogarov recalled.

“Before the missiles come you hear the whistle and you have a few seconds, maybe a minute before it

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