A Ukrainian family who fled to Scotland received a dirty flat with an old diaper in the fridge

A family who arrived in Scotland after fleeing war in Ukraine have been placed in a filthy social flat.

The daily record reports that Valeria Liukovych, 31, brought her child, husband and severely disabled father to her mother Tamara.

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Upon arrival, the family found a dirty diaper in the fridge of their new home in a social flat in Rutherglen and deemed the flat too dirty.

The family are now stuck in Tamara and her husband Stephen’s flat in East Kilbride.

Stephen said: ‘After everything they’ve been through, I couldn’t have allowed them to spend their first night in filth.

“I was horrified when I opened the fridge and there was an old diaper in there, next to the frozen milk and butter.

“The freezer is full of dirty water with horrible bits floating in it and the stove is disgusting.

A dirty diaper was found in the dirty fridge

“There are old candy wrappers and crisps under the couch cushions.

“I’m amazed that no one thought to have the place cleaned up before a family arrived here after a war.”

The two-bedroom apartment has been allocated to Valeria, her five-year-old daughter Mia, her husband Ruslan and her stroke-victim father Hennadiy.

They had requested an apartment that would suit their father’s needs, but they were given one with stairs that he had difficulty climbing.

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Fleeing their home in Zaporizhzhia, southeastern Ukraine, the family left before Russian troops seized the city’s nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.

Stephen said: ‘They managed to get on a train but it was a terrifying journey, not knowing if they would be shot down or bombed. Valeria was traumatized and it was a huge struggle for her to get her baby girl and her father to safety.

“They need to have us close by as a support network – they’ve left their lives behind and have nothing.

“They must be living in East Kilbride.”

The council flat was too dirty for the family to stay in

Valeria added: ‘The Scots have been so kind and we are grateful for that, but it’s so heartbreaking to find my family in such a dirty flat and my dad won’t take the steps. Wasn’t expecting much but thought it would be clean.

“I thank Scotland for giving us safety but it has been very sad and we are desperate to stay in East Kilbride as I really need to be close to my mum who will be so important in helping us rebuild. our lives.”

A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: ‘We were alerted that the family were coming under the Family Sponsorship Scheme and would be reporting as homeless on a Sunday evening.

“To try to help and avoid the family having to come to our childcare service, our homeless support team has found suitable accommodation.

“We accept that the fridge was not in a proper condition and can only apologize for that.”

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