August 13, 2022

From left, Sofia, Yulia, Yulia’s mom and Aryna. (Courtesy Yulia Klepets)

A few minute after the sirens went off on Saturday morning, Yulia Klepets heard an enormous growth. She noticed from her window that an condo constructing roughly 200 meters from her dwelling acquired hit by one thing.

An enormous gap appeared on one aspect of the high-rise constructing. There was hearth and smoke. Particles was flying round. She began panicking; her entire physique was shaking. 

Klepets has been hunkering down in her dwelling alongside her mom, two daughters and a cousin. The 5 ladies needed to made a fast determination. Klepets’ cousin and youthful daughter went all the way down to an underground carpark that was a bomb shelter. She stayed behind along with her mom and older daughter.

“My mom is 82 years outdated. She can not stroll on her personal and there’s no option to get her down, as a result of we’re on the seventh flooring,” she informed CNN on Saturday. 

Klepets’ older daughter, Aryna, is 25 years outdated and has autism. She was in a state of shock, unable to maneuver.

“She couldn’t go down the steps. She wouldn’t be capable to keep within the shelter,” Klepets stated. 

Aryna doesn’t perceive what’s going on, Klepets stated. She retains asking her mom whether or not or not there will likely be any extra shaking. 

“She desires to go to the ocean, or at the least to the pool, and I’ve to clarify to her that there’s a conflict proper now so we can not try this, after which she says, ‘Perhaps it’ll finish after which we’ll go to someplace good [near] the ocean,’” Klepets stated, including that Aryna doesn’t know easy methods to swim, however she actually loves the seaside. “She finds [it] miraculous when she’s subsequent to the ocean.” 

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Aryna
Aryna (Courtesy Yulia Klepets)

Not lengthy after the strike, Klepets’ cousin got here again from the basement. She stated Sofia, Klepets’ youthful daughter, was too scared with out her. She tried to withstand, refusing to go away her mom and Aryna behind, however was pressured to go.

“We stated our goodbyes. We hugged one another with out saying a phrase,” she stated.

Klepets stated she has been attempting to get assist for her mom and Aryna for the previous 4 days.

“I referred to as the rehabilitation service heart and was informed that individuals who have been unable to maneuver by themselves wanted to name and register in order that they’re on the record of people that need assistance with mobility,” she stated. “They informed me to name the subsequent day, that they’d inform me which paperwork we wanted. Then they informed me that they will come to my condo and assist me clear however they didn’t provide to take my daughter out. I don’t know what to say about this,” she stated. 

Klepets stated that households of individuals with disabilities are discovering themselves trapped in Kyiv. 

“Yesterday, there have been evacuations, so there was an opportunity to get away. There have been trains, the native transport was working charge of cost, the trains have been free, however you needed to come to the railway station by yourself and I can not depart my mom,” she stated.