When Michelo “Misha” Golot disembarked from a plane at Orlando International Airport in Florida on March 11, the 15-year-old boy and his mother marked the end of their marathon journey to escape the war in their native Ukraine.
But his visit to the United States from Kiev – when it ensured his safety – came at a price.
Golot’s mother will soon return to Ukraine and stay with his father, who was barred from leaving the country by men aged 18-60 due to martial law and must have been with his grandparents. Although Golot thinks his grandparents will travel to the United States, he does not know when he will see his father.
Although he praised his security, he was greatly weighed down by the fact that the majority of his family had returned to Ukraine in the midst of the Russian invasion.
“It’s very devastating, but fortunately, they all have access to Wi – Fi and internet, food, water, and I can still talk to them and make sure they are safe,” he told CNN.
“When it’s all over, I know I’ll definitely bring them here to be with me.”
Golot added: “My father can leave as soon as the martial law is over. Otherwise, he will have to stay there and we will hope for the best.”
Kolot is one of the best young golfers in Ukraine and has competed around the world. After his arduous, 5,000-mile journey, it was the visa he obtained by playing in a tournament in the United States that helped him re-enter the country and find security.
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