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Dayana Yastremska and sister flee Ukraine amidst grim Russia-Ukraine war
The 21-year-old took to Instagram to give a harrowing update.
Published Feb 25, 2022
The on-going war between Ukraine and Russia is escalating at a terrifyingly rapid pace. The conflict doesn't seem to be approaching a resolution as Ukraine's capital, Kyiv is bracing for assault. Just last night the city was hit by blasts, with at least one block of flats damaged and leaving several civilians severally injuried according to the BBC.
With conditions looking grim, Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska took to Instagram to share a brief and chilling update from Odessa. Sitting alongside her younger sister Ivanna, the two embraced each other and plan to leave the country.
"After spending two nights in the underground parking, my parents made a decision at any cost to send me and my little sister out of Ukraine! Mom,Dad ,we love you very much, take care of yourself!!! I love you my country! Ukrainians take care of your lives," Yastremska wrote on Instagram.
Friends and fellow WTA players took to her comment section to show their support during the daunting time.
"Praying for you and your parents! Sending love and strength," 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens wrote.
Amanda Anisimova, Victoria Azarenka, Yulia Putintseva, and countrywoman Marta Kostyuk all left heart-warming notes on the 21-year-old's post.
Hours earlier, fellow Ukrainian and world No. 15 Elina Svitolina took to the social media platform to express her extreme sadness over the situation. Russia is currently coming from the north, south and east. Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky recently announced he will stay in Kyiv and continue fighting the attacks.