The trio are thought to have been driving to collect Serhiy’s parents when their car was deliberately targeted with ‘heavy weaponry’ by Russian troops on Thursday. Dmytro Zubkov, a friend of Maxym, told the Kyiv Independent the car, driven by Serhiy, was ‘obviously’ civilian. ‘Maxym was wearing a hat with a pom pom. They didn’t look like the military at all.’ The mayor of Bucha, Anatol Fedoruk, told how relentless artillery fire in the region meant people were unable to recover their loved ones. The Kremlin claims it is only attacking military targets – but several stories of whole families being wiped out and countless photos of destroyed residential blocks paint a very different picture.
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Anastasiia’s last Instagram story on March 3 showed her sitting in the back of the vehicle with bags of dog food. The animals had been left for three days without anything to eat as Bucha was under heavy bombardment by Russian forces.‘I asked her to be extra cautious,’ Anastasiia’s estranged husband Yevhen Yalanskyi said.
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‘A mistake costs extremely much, but she was helping everyone around. I asked her to think of evacuation but she did not listen.’The car was found riddled with bullets, not far from Anastasiia’s home, the New York Post reports.‘She was one of the best human beings I knew,’ Yevhen added.
‘She was committed to help, to help her friends and relatives and whoever needed help.
‘She loved animals. We had a dog and a cat.
‘She was the best partner I ever had.’
Maxym worked in a Kyiv hookah bar which provided the Ukrainian army and medics with food after the Russian invasion.
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‘He was always there for those who needed him,’ a friend said.Meanwhile Serhiy, who co-founded a car repair shop in Kyiv, will be remembered by loved ones as someone ‘that would never betray you’.
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