A Ukrainian family has been given a squalid home in East Kilbride, Scotland after escaping the horrors of the Russian invasion. It was alleged that an old diaper was left in the fridge
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A family fleeing the horrors of the Ukraine war were housed in a filthy apartment that reportedly even had an old diaper on the bridge.
Valeria Liukovych, 31, brought her child, husband and severely disabled father to her mother Tamara.
They arrived on Sunday and were due to move into council flats in Rutherglen, outside Glasgow, but it was too dirty.
Instead, the family had to squeeze in alongside Tamara and her husband Stephen Ross in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, the reported daily record.
Stephen said: “After everything they’ve been through, I couldn’t have allowed them to spend their first night in the dirt. I was horrified to open the fridge and find an old diaper inside, along with curdled milk and butter.
“The freezer is full of dirty water with horrible bits floating in it and the cooker is disgusting. There are old candy wrappers and chips under the sofa cushions.
“I’m amazed that no one thought to clean the house before a family came here from a war.”
The two-room apartment was assigned to Valeria, her five-year-old daughter Mia, her husband Ruslan and her stroke father Hennadiy.
Stairs to the building are difficult for disabled Hennadiy to climb.
The family fled their home in Zaporizhzhia, southeast Ukraine, before Russian troops seized the city’s nuclear power plant – the largest in Europe.
They spent two days in a bomb shelter while the Russians bombed the city before making the 900-mile journey to join Ruslan, who was already stationed in Poland.
Stephen said: “They managed to get on a train but it was a horrible journey not knowing if they were going to be shot or bombed. Valeria was traumatized and it was an enormous struggle for her to keep her little girl and her father safe.”
Stephen said the family needed to move to be closer to him and Tamara.
He added: “They need to have us close by as their support network – they have left their lives and have nothing.
“You must live in East Kilbride.”
Valeria added: “The Scots have been so kind and we are grateful to them but it is so upsetting to find my family in a flat that is so dirty and my father cannot manage the steps. I wasn’t expecting much but thought it would be clean.
“I thank Scotland for giving us security but that was very sad and we are dying to stay in East Kilbride because I need to be really close to my mum who will be so important in helping us rebuild our lives .”
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council told the Daily Record: “We were notified that the family would be entering under the Family Sponsor Scheme and would present themselves as homeless on a Sunday night.
“To try to help and avoid having the family present at our after-hours service, our homeless team found suitable housing.
“We accept that the fridge was not in a reasonable condition and we can only apologize for that.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ukrainian-family-escaping-war-horror-27047375 Ukrainian family escaping horrors of war are given dirty British home with old diaper in fridge