After seeing and hearing about all of the bloodshed in her Native land, one Maine nurse practitioner is preparing to fly back to the struggle country to help treat injured civilians and soldiers.

According to the Kennebec Journal, 39-year-old Natalia Iantsevych, is a nurse practitioner at Maine Medical Center's otolaryngology department that specializes in ears, nose and throat.

Iantsevych grew up in Ukraine before coming to the United States where she now lives in Falmouth. She says she'll be flying out this Sunday and expects to be gone about a month, though she says she'll stay even longer if she needs to.

Recently, while Iantsevych was visiting with family both in Poland and Slovakia and they were discussing the likelihood of Putin making good on his calls to invade Ukraine.

“The whole family sat around the table and talked about this potential war, but we were hoping it wouldn’t happen. We thought Putin was just trying to scare people. Unfortunately, it didn’t go how we were hoping.”

Iantsevych is originally from the Ukraine city Kovel, which is in Northwest Ukraine over near the border of Poland. She'll be returning to work at a hospital in the city of Lviv, a city that many Ukrainians are fleeing to as Russian attacks ramp up on the country's larger cities.

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