As she settles into a new apartment, a Ukrainian mother who previously resided in Worcestershire with a family claims that leaving her native country was the "right choice.".
Sylvie and Simon Baduel-Butler in Martley welcomed Alla, her 7-year-old daughter Yeva, and her infant son Ostap into their home last year.
In accordance with the Homes for Ukraine program, the couple donated their house.
Alla acknowledged that leaving after the Russian invasion was difficult, but she was content in the UK.
A moment of silence was observed on Friday in the UK to commemorate one year since the invasion.
Following the launch of the program in March of last year, UK sponsors agreed to house Ukrainians for a minimum of six months, with councils now finding them housing or allowing them to stay with families.
Alla declared that she was happy with her Hallow apartment and was getting ready to move in with her kids.
She remarked, "I remember the day [when Russia invaded Ukraine] and I will remember it forever.".
"Leaving the country was such a difficult decision, and I was at a loss for what to do. At times, I wondered if I had made the right choice, but I believe I had.
"I can live in safety now. My kids can attend preschool, play with other kids their age, and enjoy life. ".
Her son had turned one and was beginning to walk, and they had all enjoyed spending Christmas together.
Sylvie, her host, said that because of the war, her family was happy to assist families in relocating.
She said, "We knew it was a significant historical event and that it would affect our lives, but we didn't think it would have such an impact.
"Over the days that followed, I began to consider that it would be beneficial to take action. We had no idea what to do, but it soon became apparent as I searched for Ukrainians on Facebook that hosting was required.
"I actively began looking and eventually discovered Alla on the Facebook group. ".
Alla admitted that she was unsure of what her life's next chapter would entail but that she had gotten used to living in Worcestershire.
"Leaving the country was a difficult decision, and right now I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to do.
"Yes, what happened in Ukraine makes the decision to return difficult because we've gotten used to living here.
"I still take pleasure in life and have faith in success.