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She says after Russian rocket strikes near her home in south-west Ukraine, it was “very dangerous for me and my family”.

“I understood I needed to go to another country,” she says.

“It’s a really new life for us, because everything is different.

“The situation in our country is very bad. We’re living in a safe place but all the time we’re thinking about our family – my mother, my father, my sister with a baby, my husband. It’s difficult.

“But Ukrainian people are still fighting and still need help. I want to say to English people, if you want to help, you can do this because any help is very important.

“Any help with simple things – shampoo, toothpaste, food, warm clothes – everything will be very helpful for Ukrainian people because food is very expensive, double the price now. It’s a hard situation, it’s terrible, it’s a war.”

Nataliya Rudyk, 37, was a human rights lawyer in Ukraine and also taught students with special needs.

She was pregnant when she came to the UK in April with her 12-year-old daughter, Vlada, and eight-year-old son, Bogdan. Her husband Vadym joined them later.

The family lived with a host family in Godmanchester for seven months and now rent their own home.

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