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‘Will do anything for my motherland’, says Ukrainian teacher who survived Russian missile attack

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Guwahati: Olena Kurilo, a 52-year-old Ukrainian teacher, whose blood-soaked face covered in bandages after surviving a missile attack as Russian forces bombarded the country, said that ‘she will do everything for her motherland’.

On the first day of the invasion, Russian forces bombed a several Ukrainian cities, including Chuguev in the Kharkiv region.

Pictures of Kurilo’s blood-soaked face covered in bandages are going viral on the internet. Olena Kurilo, who lives in Chuguev. The pictures have also made it to the front pages of several leading British newspaper as it has become one of the most striking pictures of the conflict.

Speaking outside her smashed home after visiting the hospital, Kurilo told The Independent on Friday (February 25) that she was very lucky and must have a guardian angel. She added that she never thought that this (Russian invasion of Ukraine) would truly happen in my lifetime.

“I will do everything for Ukraine, as much as I can, with as much energy as I have. I will always only be on my motherland’s side,” she told the publication.

She further added, “I myself am a director, an educator, we studied the history, but we never thought that this would happen on our land.”

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