▶️ Local mom with close ties to Ukraine reacts to Russian attack


The war on Ukraine has everyone shook, but for one family here on the High Desert, it’s more than heartbreaking.

Erin Arant spent time as a child in Russia and Ukraine with her parents, who were missionaries.

Later, as an occupational therapist, Arant went back to work for the Ukrainian government and the World Health Organization. 

Her children are adopted Ukrainians and she tells us she probably has more friends there than she does right now in Bend.

She’s angry at the situation, scared for her friends, but thankful her family is here safe.



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