“Meeting Ruslan was so emotional, and we got to visit him several times, which was such a blessing,” Kelci says. “We really enjoyed the people, food and sights in Ukraine.”

But then came February, and Vladimir Putin’s murderous appetites. The Jagges passed court on February 5 and scheduled flights home to Texas on February 12. Ruslan was running a fever, fighting pneumonia and withdrawing from orphanage pharmaceuticals; his new parents were running low on medication. Thousands of Ukrainians, feeling Russia’s warring breath on their necks, crammed into Kyiv’s airport.