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Ukraine ex-Chelsea star Andriy Shevchenko reveals family are forced to flee home as Russians bomb Kyiv

FORMER Chelsea striker and Ukrainian football icon Andriy Shevchenko told yesterday how his mother and sister had to flee their homeland when the Russians bombed Kyiv.

Shevchenko, 45, said they had joined a stream of refugees heading to the Ukrainian border after the capital was surrounded by Vladimir Putin’s cowardly thugs.

Former Chelsea striker and Ukrainian football icon Andriy Shevchenko yesterday told how his mother and sister had to flee their homeland when the Russians bombed Kyiv

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Former Chelsea striker and Ukrainian football icon Andriy Shevchenko yesterday told how his mother and sister had to flee their homeland when the Russians bombed KyivPhoto credit: erotem
Kyiv residents have been repeatedly bombed by Putin's troops

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Kyiv residents have been repeatedly bombed by Putin’s troopsCredit: EPA

He said: “They are in a safe place in one of the cities near the Ukrainian border.

“I spoke to my mother this morning. She said she slept very well for the first time in 22 days.

“Right now it’s scary. 22 days have passed since the beginning of the war.

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“In Mariupol they bombed a hospital. Terrible things are happening.

“There are families who have been underground for 20 days without eating or drinking. They need medical care and help to survive.

“My country is defending itself gloriously and I want to thank our army and our President Volodymr Zelenskyy.

“They do a lot to defend our country.”

Shevchenko, who played for his country over 100 times between 1995 and 2012 before managing the team, called on the world to help find peace.

He added: “I know that in Russia there are so many people who are against the war. Speak up, take to the streets – send a message.

“The world wants peace in Ukraine.

“I am here to send a message across the world and touch people’s hearts to support my country and bring peace.”

Shevchenko, who opened his home to Ukrainian refugeesHe refused to be sanctioned for his feelings Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The Russian oligarch is among dozens sanctioned by the British government for their links to Putin’s murderous regime.

Shevchenko who signed Chelsea in 2006 for a club-record £30m at the time, which Abramovich previously credited with luring him to Stamford Bridge.

He said: “It’s an incredible club with incredible fans.

“I know it’s a difficult time for them, but I’m sure they will get through this.

“I have a chance to appeal to everyone in the UK, the fans, to do their part and do whatever it takes to end this war in Ukraine.”

Elizabeth Faure of the United Nations World Food Program said: “The humanitarian crisis is worsening.

“We have reports of severe food shortages, particularly in Mariupol, Kyiv and Kharkiv.

“Neighborhoods of people find it very difficult to find food. We launched a humanitarian effort to reach more than three million people.

“It’s a big operation with hundreds of food trucks every day.”

More than three million refugees have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the war.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has declared it the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II.

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A volunteer told The Sun: “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Makeshift refugee camps have been set up in shopping malls and warehouses just across the border in Poland. Tents have also sprung up at retail parks.

Shevchenko, who has opened his home to Ukrainian refugees, has refused to open up about his feelings towards sanctioned Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

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Shevchenko, who has opened his home to Ukrainian refugees, has refused to open up about his feelings towards sanctioned Chelsea owner Roman AbramovichCredit: PA:Press Association

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