The supermarket cashier and seven-month-old daughter Dinara had just fled Vladimir Putin’s bloody onslaught.In floods of tears, she said: “It means so much that people are thinking of us.”
Reading through the kind words sent by Sun on Sunday readers, it’s the well-chosen sentiment of another mother of Sudbury, Suffolk, that had caused her to break down.
Karen Harris, 50, wrote of Ukrainian families: “My heart is bleeding for them. We can’t stand by and do nothing. We are supporting you.”
At Lviv’s teeming rail station, Olga, 42, said: “Thank you to everyone that wrote messages.
“People have raised a lot of money for us but kind words are important too.”Like many at the rail terminus in western Ukraine Olga is from Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of president Volodymyr Zelensky.
As Putin’s forces attack the city, women and children have fled with whatever they can carry while men aged 18 to 60 have stayed to fight.