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To Safety in Slippers
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Posted: May 02, 2024
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    Lidia Lomikovska sits in a shelter on April 26, 2024, after she escaped Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine. (Ukrainian National Police of Donetsk region via AP)
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    Lidia Lomikovska chats with a police officer in a shelter. (Ukrainian National Police of Donetsk region via AP)
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    A Ukrainian police officer helps Lidia Lomikovska. (Ukrainian National Police of Donetsk region via AP)
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Lidia Stepanivna Lomikovska needed to get to safety. The 98-year-old Ukrainian woman left Russian-occupied territory. She walked almost six miles alone. She used a cane . . . and wore slippers!

Ms. Lomikovska and her family live in Ocheretyne, Ukraine. Russian troops entered the town. There was much fighting. Last week, the family decided to leave home.

“I woke up surrounded by shooting all around—so scary,” says Ms. Lomikovska.

Leaving town was chaotic. Ms. Lomikovska became separated from her son and two daughters-in-law. The younger family members took back routes. But Ms. Lomikovska wanted to stay on the main road.

She steadied herself with a cane in one hand and a splintered piece of wood in the other. She walked all day without food and water.

Ms. Lomikovska fell twice. “But then I got up and thought to myself: ‘I need to keep walking, bit by bit,’” she says.

In the evening, Ukrainian soldiers spotted her on the road. They took her to the “White Angels.” That police group helps citizens on the front line move to safer areas. Members brought her to a shelter. They contacted her relatives.

Ms. Lomikovska survived World War II. “I had to go through this war too, and in the end, I am left with nothing,” she told rescuers.

But Ms. Lomikovska’s story has another twist.

Oleh Horokhovskyi runs one of Ukraine’s largest banks. He made an announcement. He said his bank will purchase a house for the elderly lady.

“Monobank will buy Lydia Stepanivna a house and she will surely live in it until the moment when this [war] disappears from our land,” he says.

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation. — Psalm 68:5