San Jose woman worried about family stuck in Ukrainian town – NBC Bay Area
A San Jose woman expressed concern for her family in Bucha, Ukraine, a suburb of kyiv. The city was wiped out by Russian forces and the evidence was discovered just days ago.
San José resident Olena Gutsa was born in Ukraine and her hometown of Bucha is currently in ruins.
Hundreds of civilians were killed there as Russian forces destroyed most of the town. Gutsa said her mother and brother were still there.
“They had no water. They had to drink rainwater for a month. Old neighbours, old people came together to feed and help each other,” Gusta said.
Gutsa added that her family did not leave because her father was sick. Her father died on Thursday and was buried on Friday.
“I can’t even express it in words,” she said.
Gutsa added that she does not know where many of her relatives or friends are now since the incident.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said more than 400 people were killed in Bucha.
“It’s hard to imagine humans could do this,” Gusta said.
Gusta told NBC Bay Area on Friday that before Russian troops withdrew, they stopped in their family’s driveway in a tank.
“They had machine guns. They made my brother strip naked. I checked it for any Nazi tattoos or military tattoos. They stole it. They took his watch, took everything they could get from the house. But we were just grateful they didn’t kill him,” she said.
Many others were not so lucky.
“My brother said to me today, ‘I would understand if it was aliens, that aliens came and did this, but they’re people. They’re not human,'” Gusta said.
Gusta said she wanted to share her story, so people wouldn’t turn away from the atrocities in her country and hometown.
“Ask to close the skies over Ukraine and donate and help people. We need your help,” she said.
Gusta said his family cannot leave now because it is not safe. She added that she felt guilty for not being in Ukraine to help.