Up Man, one of the best pharmacists in Ukraine, fights with his relatives for the country he adopted | News from Meerut

MEERUT: Brijendra Rana, now 50, a former resident of Nirpura village in UP Baghpat, went to Ukraine in the early 1990s to study medicine. There he fell in love with a local girl, now his wife, Oksana, and the couple had a child, Sophia, who is now 16. He started a small medicine business with friends in Kharkiv called Ananta Medicare, which eventually catapulted him. become one of the richest businessmen in Ukraine.
The company records a turnover of hundreds of crores of rupees with manufacturing facilities supplying drugs to Europe, Japan, India and a bunch of other countries. Today, however, Rana’s fairy tale history – with love, success and wealth – is in shambles. Stuck in the middle of a debilitating war in Ukraine, the country he adopted (he says he adopted her), Rana and her family have sworn never to leave each other despite the fact that Oksana and Sophia have had the choice of the government to leave the campaign. At the start of the Russian invasion, the family was forced to leave Kharkiv and traveled 1,000 km to Ivano-Frankivsk, near the Romanian border.
“I stayed with my family in Kharkiv until March 7, but the shelling intensified and our electricity and water supply was cut off. It was then that I decided to leave the city and move to a safer area in the western region. My goal was to ensure a safe exit for my wife and daughter. It was a tough three-day trip over cratered roads and with heavily rationed fuel, but somehow we made it,” Rana told TOI over a spotty phone connection.
The government had imposed restrictions on citizens leaving the country. Only women, children and men over 60 could go out. Rana had no way out but her family did. “I wanted them to be safe. However, when I communicated my decision to my family, they refused to part ways,” he added. “They didn’t want to leave me here. So we decided to stay. The family then thought of something they were known to do best: handing out medicine. “People were getting hurt. We have succeeded in setting up a supply network. And then we distributed medicine. We have no idea how much. We don’t care either,” Rana said. “Now our center is Ivano. We are at war and now this is my country. Medicine plays an important role in defense and I am doing my part. I don’t know how long this will last though. ”
Back home, his family in the village of Nirpura are worried. “Uncle Brijendra is still attached to India. He comes almost twice a year and we talk to him regularly. He’s in the western region, which is safer, but we’re worried. Hope the war is over. Previously, we thought he could come back with his family, but it’s not easy. We just hope everything goes well,” said Naveen Rana, her nephew in Nirpura village in Baghpat.
Rana’s older brother, Chashmveer Rana, said: “When the war started, we wanted him back, but the media told us the situation was grim. Kharkiv was one of the first cities to come under heavy attack. Those who wanted to come back to India, especially the students, were going through a difficult time and we were helpless here, so we contacted the district administration and also wrote to the UP CM office for help. “Rana said it wouldn’t be necessary. “With my family with me, I will continue to fight for their country, my country,” he said.

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