Dmytro Solomianiuk, left, Oleksandra Bibik, second from left, Maksym Polianskyi, second from right, and Dana Krukovska, right, pose for a photo at Ashland University. Photo provided by AU. 

ASHLAND — Before February 2022, Dmytro Solomianiuk, 21, from Lviv, would spend his days working at the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, helping the organization plan events and trips for young scholars across the nation.

But on Feb. 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, putting Dmytro's job on hold and ending the normal life he led. Solomianiuk would end up fleeing Kyiv in March 2022, away from his job and the life he knew.