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Young Ukrainian volunteer killed after delivering food to dog shelter

A young Ukrainian woman was shot dead while returning from delivering food to a dog shelter outside of Kyiv.

Anastasiia Yalanskaya was one of three volunteers who brought the food to Bucha, about 18 miles outside the Ukrainian capital. All three were killed according to a news report.

Yalanskaya’s friends and family believe that her car was deliberately attacked at close range by Russian troops.

“I asked them to be extra careful. That nowadays a mistake costs a lot,” said her husband Yevhen Yalanskyi. “But she has helped everyone around. I asked her to think about evacuation, but she didn’t listen.”

Bucha was in the crosshairs of the Russian bombing. The shelter where Yalanskaya delivered was three days without food when she made the trip.

Her last Instagram story, posted just hours before her death, shows her sitting in the back of a vehicle and smiling at the camera next to bags of dog food.

A map of the March 5, 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
A map of the March 5, 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

Her car was found riddled with bullets not far from the home of one of the men she volunteered with. They had delivered the dog food and were almost home when they were killed.


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Yalanskaya’s body remains in a Bucha morgue because fighting is so intense that no one can get through, a friend told Global News.

“She was one of the best people I knew. She was determined to help, to help her friends and family and anyone who needed help,” her husband said.

“She loved animals. We had a dog and a cat. She was the best partner I’ve ever had.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/05/young-ukrainian-volunteer-killed-after-delivering-food-to-dog-shelter/ Young Ukrainian volunteer killed after delivering food to dog shelter

JACLYN DIAZ

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