A UKRANIAN beautician with a business in the heart of Evesham has opened up on the ‘heart-breaking’ scenes in the war-torn country.
Anastasia Danitoiu, who runs AD Beauty in Vine Court and whose husband is a strawberry famer, has spoken out as Russia’s war in the country approaches its fourth week.
President Vladmir Putin’s ordered invasion has seen thousands of innocent lives lost and horrific scenes across Ukraine with cities reduced to rubble by Russian military strikes.
According to the UN, more than three million people have now fled Ukraine with the number expected to climb further.
Anastasia, whose parents and cousins live in the town of Bar in western Ukraine, said it was heart-breaking to see what was happening to her country.
“We were not surprised at the invasion but we didn’t know Putin was going to break every rule of international law. Bombing schools, kindergartens and hospitals and killing civilians. You just don’t do that,” she said.
“My brother and his wife have managed to cross to Moldova and are now staying in Bucharest in Romania. My mum and dad are preparing to take in relatives fleeing from Odessa in the south.”
Anastasia has friends near Stratford-on-Avon taking a lorry load of medical supplies and toiletries to Ukraine once a week. Plasters, bandages, tampons, nappies, and torches with batteries are particularly needed, she said.
Such supplies can also be donated at a coffee morning being held at Abbots Morton Village Hall on Tuesday (March 22) from 10am to midday.
The plight of the people of Ukraine prompted the village to raise funds for Anastasia’s fellow citizens caught up in the war.
She was contacted on Facebook by one of the Abbots Morton Village Hall trustees Sarah Dykes and the village hall committee immediately turned a planned coffee morning into a Ukrainian fund-raiser.
As well as collecting supplies, the morning will raise cash for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for those fleeing the conflict. Visit https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal to donate.
Anastasia and her Ukrainian friends will be bringing cakes to the event and everyone is welcome to attend and help raise money.