Inspirational woman who fled war celebrates Ukrainian culture in Liverpool

Veronika Yasynska left Kyiv after the Russian invasion and became an integral part of the Liverpool community.

“On February 24, I woke up to three massive explosions. I knew it was very close because of the sound and vibration. The war had begun.

Veronika Yasynska fled Kyiv after Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year and has now become involved in refugee projects in Liverpool.

The 28-year-old shares her moving story of how war has affected Ukrainian families like hers with LiverpoolWorld.

Veronika was PR and Brand Manager in Ukraine

Leaving Ukraine

“February 26 was the closest missile strike to a civilian building, right next to my house. That moment is a level of fear that I will never forget,” Ms. Yasynska recalls.

“Where I lived was not safe because my house was on the same street as a military base and an airport,” she said.

Ms Yasynska and her family were forced to leave their home due to the tension and military strikes.

She regularly posted updates on Instagram to let her friends know she was still alive.

After leaving Kyiv, the family traveled to many cities in Ukraine and volunteered to help those in need, despite the lack of hot food and sleep.

She said: “We just had to run and survive. We then traveled through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland and finally arrived in Liverpool on April 10.

Inspired by her new home

After settling in Liverpool, Ms Yasynska, who was PR and brand manager in Ukraine, started exploring the city and visited the Liverpool Central Library.

She said: “It was one of the first places I visited in Liverpool and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the Central Library. My next thought was that I wanted to show the library to every Ukrainian who came here because of the war.

“So in partnership with the library, we started organizing a tour for Ukrainians.”

Veronika organizing Ukrainian books in the library.

Ms Yasynska believes that access to literature is important, she said: “Knowledge and education are an important weapon, especially if someone does not want to be an easy victim of propaganda.

“Since then, I faced the problem that young Ukrainians could not find literature in our mother tongue and decided to start a process with the library of buying Ukrainian books. Now you can find absolutely amazing varieties of books for children and adults.

Another Ukrainian migrant living in Liverpool borrowed books for her son and thanked Veronika “for helping us not to forget the mother tongue”.

Ukraine Independence Day celebration in Liverpool

Ukraine’s Independence Day is August 24, celebrating its declaration of independence from the USSR in 1991.

The holiday celebrates Ukrainian language, culture and those who fought for independence and is more important than ever after the recent and continued invasion of Russia.

The Museum of Liverpool organize events for Independence Day and LiverpoolWorld will keep you posted.

Helen D. Jessen