Vitaliy and Tanya Prokopenko are a Ukrainian couple with three children: Ilya (16), Dasha (13) and Bodgan (10), originally from the Cherkasy region.
In this short video, Vitaliy describes what it was like as the Russian threat grew up to the invasion, and during the days after the 24th February. They decided to travel to the Polish border, through long queues at all of the checkpoints, and were taken in by a kind Polish family. Vitaliy had been allowed to leave the country as the rules permitted fathers with three or more children to leave.
Whilst in Poland, they applied via our Cross Connect Ukraine Scheme to come to the UK in April, and we linked them to a Christian family in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
They arrived via Poland on 21st June, and are very happily sharing a home with their caring hosts.
They were kind enough to film this video during their journey, and allow us to share it with you.