Chairman of the Board of the Peace and Development Foundation Natalia Vitiuk gave an interview to the German newspaper Kaarst

"I try to help where I can"
Ukrainian journalist fled to the Karst.
Natalia Vitiuk helps her fellow Ukrainians from Germany. She keeps in touch with her charitable organization, through Telegram she tries to spread the truth about the war.

Tears run down the face of Natalia Vitiuk as she talks about the terrible things that have happened in Ukraine over the past week that are not reported by the media (we are talking about the media in Germany - Ed). About 144 children who, according to Vitiuk, were killed as of last Thursday. "How should parents and grandparents live now," she asks. She communicates daily with journalists and representatives of television channels of Ukraine through the Telegram messenger and receives information. The 33-year-old woman lived in Kyiv, where she worked in radio and television, and then got a job as a marketing manager. She had a good life, which is now ruined. Since the beginning of the war, Vitiuk returned to work in journalism to tell people the truth about the war. "We work day and night, helping well-known war correspondents in Ukraine," she explains.

In addition, as a leader, she supports the Peace and Development Foundation , a charitable organization established in July 2016, which now has a lot of work. “It started as a small job, and now we are very active. We try to help people in Ukraine,” she explains. The organization purchases and distributes food, clothing and medical care. Vitiuk still works to organize the work of the Fundwhen her children sleep. "This is my battle, I'm trying to help where I can."

Natalia Vitiuk also recalls from her flight from the war: “When we were in the car, an air raid alert sounded on the radio. It was terrible, I didn’t know how to protect the children,” she says. On March 6, Vitiuk crossed the Ukrainian border with his sister after a difficult road through Ukraine. Prior to that, they spent a day and a half in line at the border. Then we visited a distribution camp for refugees in Krakowka, Poland. Its area was the size of three football fields. The refugees sat all together, the picture was a real shock for Natalia. There they found three volunteer guys from Germany who took them to Berlin. "On the way to Berlin, for the first time in many days, we were able to sleep peacefully," says Vitiuk. Vitiuk came to Düsseldorf through her husband's colleague from work and soon ended up in Forst, where Vitiuk, her sister and their three children were privately taken there by a married couple. "We are very, very grateful to both of them. They changed my idea of the Germans, they are just incredible," says the Ukrainian. She is also grateful to everyone who helped her family in the most difficult life situation, either with clothes or toys for children: "I received a loan of kindness, which I will not be able to repay in my entire life."

Despite the fact that she is no longer in Ukraine, she continues to help the people there and, above all, to convey the truth about the war. "Each of us is fighting for his life and protecting Ukraine. Russia is trying to destroy Ukraine," Natalia Vitiuk is sure. The price we pay is the lives of men, sons and relatives.

Ukraine hopes to receive assistance, in particular, from Western countries. Weapons and helmets have been delivered, but this is far from enough for the Ukrainian army to be able to defend their country. "We need help," Vitiuk says, not blaming anyone. Only Russian President Volodymyr Putin is to blame for the terrible war in her homeland.