Former Miss Ukraine recounts escape from Kyiv with 7-year-old son: ‘There was no place where bombs would not explode’

‘There was no place where sirens would not sound, where rockets and bombs would not explode,’ Veronika Didusenko says

Bevan Hurley
Wednesday 09 March 2022 17:16 GMT
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A former Miss Ukraine has described her harrowing escape from Kyiv with her seven-year-old son when the initial Russian attack began.

Veronika Didusenko, 26, and her son Alexander fled the Ukrainian capitol after on the morning of 25 February after being woken by air raid sirens and explosions.

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At a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Ms Didusenko said she grabbed a few possessions and joined thousands of other women and children heading to neighbouring countries.

The 400kms (250 miles) journey to the border with Moldova had been fraught with danger, she said.

“There was no place where sirens would not sound, where rockets and bombs would not explode.”

Ms Didusenko, who won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018, travelled through several central European countries before reaching Geneva, Switzerland, 2100kms (1300 miles) away.

She then travelled to the United States, after making the “heartbreaking” decision to leave her son with family in Europe.

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