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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

MP meets people now living locally after fleeing Ukrainian conflict

* Back row from left, Volodymr, Lidiia, Sarah, Simon Baynes MP, Kim, Nataliia, Tetiana. Front row,  Andrii, Anastasiia, Kateryna and Maryna at the home of Sarah O’Brien near Trevor.

Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes recently met Maryna Ustymenko who is now living in Llangollen after fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He also met the Paliura family, whom his office helped bring over to Wales and are now staying in Trevor. 

Mr Baynes spoke with Maryna, who speaks fluent English having been a teacher back in Ukraine, and also her sponsor Kim Evans from Llangollen.

The MP also met the Paliura family, which includes Volodymr and Lidiia Paliura (grandparents), Nataliia and Anastasiia Minaieva (mother and daughter), Tetiana Paliura (daughter) and her two children, Andrii and Kateryna Maliuk.

They have been welcomed into the home of their sponsor Sarah O’Brien near Trevor.

During the visit they discussed the ongoing issues experienced by Ukrainian refugees with their visa applications, and the welcome and support they have received from the community in Clwyd South. 

Kim Evans and Sarah O’Brien said: “This is a very rewarding experience and we both feel we have gained life long friends and extra family members.”

Mr Baynes said: “As the local MP I was very grateful to have the opportunity to meet our new Ukrainian friends and to welcome them to our community in Clwyd South.

"I was delighted to hear that since arriving they have been made to feel very welcome. 

"I also want to thank Sarah O’Brien and Kim Evans and their families for welcoming the Paliura family and Maryna Ustymenko into their homes and for the kindness they have shown them since fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. 

"My office has been very pleased to help them and other families come to Clwyd South and is always available to help others from Ukraine in the same way in the future.”

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