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‘She woke to bomb blasts’ British man’s terror for wife trapped in Ukraine

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Saarthak Chhabra, from London, said he was “majorly” worried for the safety of his wife Tania Kondratiuk Chhabra after she woke to sounds of “bomb blasts” in Kiev after Russian leader Vladimir Putin unleashed a devastating attack against Ukraine on Thursday night. Mr Chhabra said his wife is struggling to travel to Lyviv as suggested by the British Embassy Lyviv because she doesn’t drive and there are currently no trains out of Kiev.

He told Express.co.uk: “She’s worried, she was woken up with bomb blast sounds.

“And now there are long queues for anything basic. Groceries, ATM’s.”

Ms Kondratiuk Chhabra travelled to Ukraine to be with her sick mother.

She has registered herself with the British consulate but has not yet been offered help.

The Foreign Office today advised British nationals in Ukraine to “leave immediately if you judge that is safe” or “stay indoors and remain alert” if they cannot leave.

Ms Kondratiuk Chhabra said: “She had to travel to Ukraine as her mum was really unwell and alone post-Covid. She got pneumonia and had to be hospitalised.

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The statement read: “We advise British nationals to leave Ukraine immediately if you judge it is safe to do so and to follow the advice of the Ukrainian authorities while you remain in Ukraine.

“It is likely that commercial routes out of Ukraine will be severely disrupted and roads across Ukraine could be closed.

“If you are in the vicinity of military activity and you cannot leave safely, you should stay indoors, away from windows, and remain alert to developments that would allow you to leave safely.

“If you decide to remain in Ukraine, you should remain vigilant throughout for any potential combat operations, keep your departure plans under constant review and ensure your travel documents are up to date.”

Meanwhile, aircraft flying to or from UK airports have been ordered to avoid Ukraine airspace after the crisis in the country intensified.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he made the decision “following the horrific events overnight” as Russia launched a major military assault.

The Cabinet minister tweeted: “I’ve instructed UK-CAA (the Civil Aviation Authority) to ensure airlines avoid Ukraine airspace to keep passengers and crew safe.

“We continue to stand with the people of Ukraine and work with our international partners to respond to this act of aggression.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.



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