Robert Rinder tracked down the family of Oksana Platero, his former dance partner, after they fled Ukraine.
British lawyer and television personality who documented his journey to Eastern Europe on his social media accounts.
Rinder, 43, embarked on a trip to Poland’s border with Ukraine in an attempt to help Platero’s family cross the border safely.
Oksana’s Family: Aunt Lidya and Grandma Zoya.
We managed to reach them this morning with a wheelchair and some medical supplies..
Although almost nothing.. they are ‘grateful for everything’
🇬🇧 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/5T6D13EMks
– Robert Rinder (@RobbieRinder) March 16, 2022
Platero, 33, has been unable to travel on his own due to work in the US.
On March 16, Rinder revealed through his Instagram and Twitter accounts that he had found Platero’s grandmother and aunt.
He posted an image of himself hugging an elderly woman on his Twitter profile, with the caption: “Oksana’s family: Aunt Lidya and Grandma Zoya. We reached them this morning with a wheelchair and some medical supplies.. Although it was almost nothing.. they were ‘grateful for everything’. “
He then posted an image of himself with a Labrador to his Instagram account saying: “Oksana’s family raises their Tesla puppy with them… ‘He brought us so much. so much love that we forget the bad’.”
Rinder and Platero competed together on the BBC dance show in 2016 where they reached the quarterfinals.
Earlier in the week, Rinder spoke to Good Morning Britain from the Polish town of Przemysl.
He told the ITV breakfast program that he and his translator had struggled to complete an online form requested at the border with people fleeing the conflict.
“People should know what happened in the past or we will repeat it,” he said. I can tell Google My Business viewers and you that it’s repeating itself.
“It’s hard to believe… this is 2022.”
Rinder first announced he was traveling to Poland on Twitter, where he wrote: “Oksana Platero my Ukrainian dance partner on @bbcstrictly has given me so much.
“Her grandparents are now struggling for a week to find shelter in a safe country.
“I will try to meet them at the border next week. They are just a few of the millions of people who need us. “
Rinder was recently made an MBE for Holocaust awareness and education services, after exploring the stories of Jewish families in a BBC series and regularly speaking in schools with other people. survive.
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