A YOUNG couple who lost everything when bombs began to fall on Ukraine have set up a new business in Southport.
Anastasia Kozmina and boyfriend Oleksiy Danko, both aged 22, were born and grew up in a small village in Ukraine and were looking forward to a bright future together.
Anastasia worked as a lawyer in a private company that was engaged in the registration of trademarks, while Oleksiy, having received a higher education as a pharmacist, worked at a drug manufacturing plant and at the same time dry-cleaned furniture.
But earlier this year their lives were torn apart when Vladimir Putin’s Russian forces invaded their homeland and they were forced to flee.
They have since moved to Southport where they have been provided with a new home.
They have now launched their new Uklean business, which dry cleans upholstered furniture, as well as mattresses, carpets, chairs, armchairs, etc.
Anastasia said: “We were forced to leave Ukraine because of the beginning of the war in our country.
“Waking up that morning from the explosions, we had no doubt that we should run as far as possible.
“At that moment, we lost everything, our house, our job, and most importantly, our security and hope for the future.
“We stayed on the road for about two days, always being under shelling and destruction of Ukrainian cities.
“Having recovered and taking all the strength into our fists, we continue to live on and we decided to open a small business here and continue the business that originated in Ukraine.
“We dry clean upholstered furniture, as well as mattresses, carpets, chairs, armchairs, etc. We use only professional equipment and products that are not harmful to people and animals.”