His mother is Russian, his father Ukrainian: Seattle rapper 28AV is caught between both sides of the war
Rapper 28 AV's family has this Piroshky stand in the Crossroads Mall foodcourt in Bellevue, Washington, seen on March 4, 2022. - Alan Berner/The Seattle Times/TNS

SEATTLE — When the shelling started in Kharkiv, Danny Degtjar might have been on the other side the world. But for the Seattle rapper better known as 28AV, the videos that surfaced of residential buildings destroyed by Russian forces hit incredibly close to home. Those missile-ravaged apartment blocks looked just like the one where four generations of his father’s family made their home, up until eight years ago when Russian-backed separatists seized Kharkiv’s neighboring regions in eastern Ukraine. At the time, 28AV’s sister and her family left the Kharkiv apartment where their father was rai...