By Jill Hartzell
The widow smiled. Her eyes were intense from a life of great pain. Yet, tender and warm as she shared her life story with me. It was filled with concentration camps, great hardship, and overwhelming concern for the situation in Ukraine. Her small village of Pullin was far from the Russian border, yet there were signs everywhere that Ukraine was fighting for their very existence. No NATO to protect them, the young men are called to fight. Leaving behind their wives and small children, they travel to the eastern front. The government has no guns, helmets, boots, or outfits for these 25 to 50 year olds, so they must come prepared to fight in whatever they can purchase.