A Ukrainian family have been given a filthy home in East Kilbride, Scotland, after escaping the horrors of the Russian invasion. There was claimed to be an old nappy left in the fridge
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A family who fled the horrors of the Ukraine war have been placed in a filthy flat that even had an old nappy left in the bridge, it is claimed.
Valeria Liukovych, 31, brought her child, husband and severely disabled father to be with her mother Tamara.
They arrived on Sunday and were supposed to move into a council flat in Rutherglen, near Glasgow, but it was too filthy.
Instead the family have had to squeeze in beside Tamara and her husband Stephen Ross in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, reported the Daily Record.
Stephen said: “After all they have been through, I could not have allowed them to stay their first night in filth. I was horrified when I opened the fridge and there was an old nappy in it, besides frozen milk and butter.
“The freezer is full of dirty water with horrible bits floating in it and the cooker is disgusting. There are old sweet wrappers and crisps under the couch cushions.
“I am astounded not one thought to have the place cleaned before a family arrived here from a war.”
The two-bedroom apartment was assigned for Valeria, her daughter Mia, five, husband Ruslan and her stroke-victim dad Hennadiy.
Stairs up to the building are difficult for disabled Hennadiy to climb.
The family fled their home in Zaporizhzhia, south-east Ukraine, before Russian troops captured the city’s nuclear plant – the largest in Europe.
They spent two days in a bomb shelter as the Russians shelled the city before making the 900-mile journey to join Ruslan who was already based in Poland.
Stephen said: “They managed to get on a train but it was a terrifying journey, not knowing if they would be shot or bombed. Valeria was traumatized and it was an enormous struggle for her to get her little girl and father to safety.”
Stephen said the family need to be moved 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 behind and have nothing.
“They need to live in East Kilbride.”
Valeria added: “The Scottish people have been so kind and we are grateful to them but it is so upsetting to find my family in a flat which is so filthy and my father will not cope with the steps. I did not expect a lot but I thought it would be clean.
“I thank Scotland for giving us safety but this has been very sad and we are desperate to stay in East Kilbride because I really need to be close to my mother who will be so important in helping us rebuild our lives.”
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council told the Daily Record: “We were alerted that the family were coming in under the Family Sponsor Scheme and would be presenting as homeless on a Sunday evening.
“To try and help and to avoid the family having to present to our out-of-hours service, our homelessness team sourced suitable accommodation.
“We accept the fridge was not in a suitable condition and can only apologize for that.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.