By Matthew O. Stephens
Cheney Free Press 

Piano teacher fears for Ukrainian family

Most family members remain in harm's way


Last updated 3/24/2022 at 2:31pm

MEDICAL LAKE – Explosions echoed in the background of a phone call as Nataliya Westermann spoke to her mother Lubov, who lives in Odessa, Ukraine.

Westermann explained how her mother lives in an area in which a border patrol base is in the distance to the left, and that there is a military airport to the right as you stand on the balcony.

Her mother tells her the sounds are rockets in the distance she can hear as they explode on impact at the military installations.

"My mother is a very proud Ukrainian woman," Westermann says with tears in her eyes. "She refuses to acknowledge the Russi...

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