Travis Air Force Base captain helps mother escape Ukraine – CBS Sacramento

VACAVILLE (CBS13) — On her birthday, Ukrainian refugee Lubov Karga arrived in the United States, thanks to the kindness of strangers and a determined girl.

US Air Force Captain Zlatoslava Karga, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, was the one who got her mother out of kyiv.

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“It’s a story, that in our world that has evil, we have even more good,” says Captain Karga. “When the war broke out, one of the first concerns was that I wanted to get my mother out.”

Karga has been in the United States since 2001 and has served in the Air Force since 2019. She now had to convince her lifelong Ukrainian mother to leave home.

“The thought that she had to leave this place was unbearable,” said the cap. Karga.

After weeks of convincing Lubov Karga, 67, she agreed it was time to go.

First, a local travel agent helped her escape Kyiv.

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“He picked up my mother [and] a few other people and took them to a safe house,” said Cpt. Karga.

Cpt. Karga then had to find accommodation for her mother until she could go to Poland, so she took to social media.

“Facebook is what saved mom’s life,” she said.

A stranger on Facebook put his mother in touch with a family who would take her in until a Polish volunteer managed to get her out of Ukraine. Once in Poland, Lubov flew to the United States where, after seven years, she saw her daughter for the first time.

“I see it and it’s a surreal reality,” Cpt. Karga said.

A reality made possible only thanks to a courageous woman and the kindness of strangers.

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“We have people who have never known each other but who have done everything to save someone’s life. You are all children of God, you are angels,” said Cpt. Karga.

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