A woman from Ukraine now living in Kagoshima is awaiting a reunion with members of her family who plan to evacuate to Japan following Russia's invasion.

"My mother and other relatives will likely be able to come to Japan," said Nika Koriyama, 25, who lives with her husband and 1-year-old son. "In any case, I want them to be safe."

Born in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine, Koriyama came to Japan in 2016 to study at a vocational school. She met her husband, Yuki, 32, and got married in 2020. Their son, Sachio, was born the following year.