She was forced to leave her equipment, including a desktop computer, behind when the attack reached her home city of Melitopol. Yuliia has launched a GoFundMe page with a £1,200 target so she can purchase a new laptop. News and Star: DESIGN: Yuliia worked as an illustrator in her home city of Melitopol. Picture: Yuliia Kutsaieva. DESIGN: Yuliia worked as an illustrator in her home city of Melitopol. Picture: Yuliia Kutsaieva
A UKRAINIAN lady who was forced to evacuate her house as a result of the Russian invasion has set up an internet fundraising website in order to resume working. Yuliia Kutsaieva and her spouse currently reside in Greystoke with sponsor Susan Dowie. Yuliia worked as an artist in Ukraine, for firms such as Shutterstock and Adobe, as well as for individual customers on the side. Thanks to Newsquest readers, the Ukraine Crisis Appeal has raised more than £33,000 for the Red Cross.
Sharing her experience with the invasion, Yuliia said: “Melitopol was occupied on the second day of war. After that, living in the city became very hard and scary. “The price for food became insane and almost all medicine was gone in the first few days because Russian soldiers did not allow the Ukrainian government to bring food and medicine for people to city. There was no work, no internet and bad mobile network. “Soldiers broke into the entrance to the building where we lived three times to kidnap other people. We lived like that for more than a month before deciding to move from our city.”
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Continuing with how she ended up in Cumbria, Yuliia said: “We found sponsors from Greystoke on Facebook. We didn’t get to choose where we could live.” News and Star: FUNDRAISE: Yuliia is hoping to restart her role with a £1,200 target. Picture: Yuliia Kutsaieva. FUNDRAISE: Yuliia is hoping to restart her role with a £1,200 target. Picture: Yuliia Kutsaieva “Greystoke is a good place with good people. We were too afraid to live in Melitopol, almost half of the population has now evacuated. Before the war, there was 140,000 people living there.