WATCH | Ukrainian woman and Russian man flee war to get married at the US-Mexico border

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This couple's love story is a reminder that love does conquer all. 

A Ukrainian woman, Daria Sakhniuk, married a Russian man, Semen Bobrovski, in Tijuana, the largest border city connecting Mexico with California, to seek asylum in the US following the Russian invasion.

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No war stopped them from marrying each other.

Their love story began three years ago, and they planned to marry in Kyiv, Ukraine, but the war turned their plans around.

"We never thought about us getting married in another country. Mostly because we were planning it, planning it in Ukraine. Things happened the way they happened, and we never expected the war to come. No one expected this," Bobrovski said.

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Before the Russian invasion, they lived in Ukraine and managed to leave the country to apply for refugee status.

According to NBC Sandiego, only Daria was allowed to enter the US as a refugee. The Russian community has not been allowed to enter the country since the war began.

"It is difficult to believe everything is happening this way. I am very happy that we met people who helped us unite in marriage here in Mexico."

The only Russians allowed to enter the US are those who can prove with a document that they have family there.

There is no legal way for the Russians to enter the US. Due to the restriction, the couple asked the municipal directorate of migrant services in Tijuana for support to get married.

Additional source: NBC Sandiego

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