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While images of brutal death and destruction in the Ukrainian town of Bucha have been seared into history, Olena Samoylenko has a very different memory of her home — one of an idyllic, nature-blessed community that was a perfect place to raise a family.

“It’s devastating. We never expected this tiny town to be involved in this kind of conflict,” said Samoylenko, who is one of several hundred Ukrainians to have fled their homeland and traveled to Japan. More than 6 million people have left the Eastern European nation so far.

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