The famous saber fencer Olga Kharlan persuaded her sister and little nephew to move to Italy, but the athlete’s parents remain in Nikolaev, which is constantly under fire from Russian invaders.
“From April to the present, they sleep in the basement of our house in Nikolaev. They’ve already settled down there. I swore at them, and begged, and cried, and threw tantrums – they don’t want to leave.”
“It’s hard to live with it. It is better for them to sleep in the basement, but at home, than to leave home,” said Harlan.