Russian woman in Utah talks about her sister escaping Ukraine during war

Feb 25, 2022, 5:13 PM | Updated: Mar 2, 2022, 10:07 am
People shelter in a subway station before a curfew comes into effect on February 24, 2022 in Kyiv, ...
People shelter in a subway station before a curfew comes into effect on February 24, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Overnight, Russia began a large-scale attack on Ukraine, with explosions reported in multiple cities and far outside the restive eastern regions held by Russian-backed rebels. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Russian woman living here in Utah, is desperate to get her sister out as Russia invades Ukraine.

Ana Ivanova-Bean’s sister is trying to flee the violence. As of Friday afternoon, 137 Ukrainian civilians and military personnel have been killed.

“They’re killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets. It’s foul and will never be forgiven,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said as reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Beeline to the borderline

Ivanova-Bean talks with KSL NewsRadio’s Dave & Dujanovic about what’s happening on the ground, as well as what the Russian people really think about what’s going on in Ukraine.

“I was so worried. In fact, I tweeted last night’s prayers to your half-sister living in Ukraine. I’m so hopeful that they would be OK overnight. What can you tell us?” host Debbie Dujanovic asked.

Ivanova-Bean, who also has family in Moscow, said her sister made it to Chișinău, which is the capital of the Eastern Europe’s Republic of Moldova, south of Ukraine.

“They drove to the border, which usually takes about three hours,” she said. “It took them 12 hours to get there because of the traffic. . . .  she sent me pictures. It was it was scary. They were able to get a hotel [room]. They didn’t think they were going to because of how many people are there. . . . She texted me that it brought her back to USSR times because of what kind of condition of hotels they could get. They are safe for now — well, hopefully.”

Do Russians support Putin’s war?

“My friends were actually posting on social media and everywhere that they apologized to Ukrainian citizens for what the government has done to them,” Ivanova-Bean said.

She added Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union during WWII. Every year, Russia celebrates Victory Day on May 9 with fireworks and parades. The people lost in that long-ago war are celebrated. So this new war “doesn’t make sense to any citizens in Russia,” she said.

Ivanova-Bean said she has been waiting six years for her Green Card, which allows the recipient to live and work permanently in the United States. She said she gets flagged — “let’s say yearly” — because of what Putin is doing.

“Issues between Biden and Putin. Issues between Putin and everybody,” she said. “I don’t want to get too political because I don’t want to get arrested for what I say, but Putin is a dictator.”

Ivanova-Bean added Putin didn’t start the Ukraine war during the recently concluded Winter Games in Beijing because he didn’t want to get sideways with his friend, Chinese President Xi Jinping who has “the biggest influence on him.”

“80% of people despise [Putin] because he ruined their lives. Why would they be supportive [of this war]? It’s hard for anybody here to understand that because they don’t live there. I lived there for 16 years,” she said.

Dave summed up the conversation by saying:

“[Ivanova-Bean] is here in the United States. She’s safe in Utah, and she still felt like she needed to qualify that with, ‘I don’t want to be arrested for what I say.’ If that doesn’t tell the entire story of what’s going on in Russia and what Vladimir Putin is, as a president slash dictator. I don’t know what else could

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

Dave & Dujanovic

emergency kits are a vital part of preparedness for families...
Curt Gresseth

How families should prepare for an emergency at home or away

Do you have an emergency reunification plan ready for your loved ones? Two experts share tips on what to do when disaster strikes while at home or away.
4 months ago
Cherie Wood...
Curt Gresseth

South Salt Lake mayor defends new $130,000 salary

The mayor of South Salt Lake defended her latest salary of $130,000 by saying she hasn't received a pay raise in 11 years in office.
4 months ago
South Salt Lake at Southern X-posure, the site of a deadly shooting....
Curt Gresseth

South Salt Lake resident wants to stop mayor and City Council from awarding themselves raises

A South Salt Lake resident has taken his ballot initiative on pay raises for city leaders to the Utah Supreme Court after being rebuffed by the city attorney on what he said was a technicality.
4 months ago
Connerjack Oswalt was found in Park City, Utah after being missing from California years ago. (CNN)...
Curt Gresseth

Missing three years, autistic teen found in Park City

An autistic teen missing from northern California since 2019 was found by sheriff's deputies in Summit County, Utah. He has since been reunited with his stepfather.
4 months ago
Debbie busts inflation by buying consigned clothes....
Debbie Dujanovic

Dujanovic: Battling inflation like it’s 1981

Inflation has Debbie Dujanovic budgeting like it's 1981. She has tips on how to battle inflation and save your wallet some tears.
4 months ago
Devin Oldroyd

Utah wants your help redesigning the state flag by April 30

MILLCREEK, Utah — Utah residents have until April 30 to submit their ideas for a redesign of the Utah state flag.  According to a press release from the Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement, Gov. Spencer J. Cox launched the “More than a Flag” effort in January. The effort is part of a statewide […]
4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Prescription opioid...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Russian woman in Utah talks about her sister escaping Ukraine during war