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Mayor’s Tears of Gratitude for Helping Ukraine

Mayor’s tears of gratitude for Ukraine’s help as he hears of £11million for refugees in MailForce appeal

  • Mayor learns how your donations – nearly £11million – will help 3,000 evacuees
  • Tears rolled down Vasyl Yovdii’s face after hearing about fundraising appeal
  • “I want to thank all the British people from the bottom of my heart,” Mr Yovdii said.

The mayor of a Ukrainian border town cried after hearing about the Mail’s record fundraising appeal.

Tears rolled down Vasyl Yovdii’s face when he heard how your donations – almost £11million – will help the 3,000 evacuees who fled to Solotvyno.

Some 35,000 people came via the historic salt mining town to reach Romania in the first four days after the invasion.

Tears rolled down Vasyl Yovdii’s face when he heard how your donations – almost £11million – will help the 3,000 evacuees who fled to Solotvyno

“I want to thank all the British people from the bottom of my heart,” Mr Yovdii said, wiping his eyes. “Your nation is truly phenomenal.”

The Mail Force Ukraine Appeal has partnered with the AMAR Foundation, a charity set up by Baroness Tory Nicholson in 1991.

His team contacted Romanian and Ukrainian authorities just two days after the outbreak of war.

The charity sent its first medical convoy – funded by the Mail’s appeal – last week with £80,000 worth of supplies, such as essential medicines, insulin and first aid kits.

The Mail Force Ukraine appeal began with a £500,000 donation from parent company DMGT at the personal request of Lord and Lady Rothermere. Since then, Mail readers have raised £10.7million.

The main hospital in Solotvyno has already received medical aid financed by your donations.

The Mail caught up with Ukrainian couple Alla and Serhii Kohliuk, who had fled the devastated town of Makariv after the Russians destroyed their grocery store they had spent 25 years building together.

Alla, 58, was being treated there by doctors for heart disease and post-traumatic stress under the worried gaze of her husband.

“I was sitting at home the night the war started,” she said. “We were very scared when we heard the start of the shelling.”

“We lost our entire business, but we can only hope that our house is still in good shape.”

Baroness Nicholson said last night: ‘The devastating pain and heartbreaking grief caused by Russian cruelty is now softened by the enormous generosity of Mail readers.’

Sighetu Marmatiei Mayor Vasile Moldovan, who helped organize the convoy, added, “I would like to thank the readers of your newspaper from the bottom of my heart for showing the true face of humanity in these difficult times.”

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