Weeks of horror. And we cannot leave – ETR

Press Conference informed journalists and interested stakeholders on the situation of persons with disabilities in Ukraine and what can be done to support them.

Weeks of horror. And we cannot leave - ETR

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In Ukraine there are 2.7 million

people with intellectual disabilities

at risk because of the

Russian war on Ukraine.

Three organisations held a press conference

on the 10th of March to talk about

what is happening in Ukraine.

The names of three of organisations:

– Inclusion Europe


– European Disability Forum



There were also other people from disability organisations from Ukraine.

– Valery Sushkevych president of the

National Assembly of Persons with Disabilities Ukraine

– Raisa Kravchenko and Yulia Klepets from Ukrainian coalition VGO

Other speakers were:

– Yannis Vardakastanis, President, European Disability Forum

– Milan Šveřepa, Director, Inclusion Europe

– Maya Doneva, Secretary General, EASPD


Yulia Klepets said they seen 2 weeks of horror.

Yulia is from Kyiv.

She has a daughter who is autistic

and has intellectual disabilities.

She also has her mother who is 82 years old

and they cannot leave the flat.


Yullia and her family live on the 7th floor

and there is no way to get to the bomb shelter.

Raisa Kravchenko thanked the organisations

for all the help they have given.

Raisa has a son who is 37 years old

and she must dedicate all her time for her son.

Raisa wants to say a big thank you

to Inclusion Europe for the donations.

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

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