Five Ukrainians confirmed killed in Turkey quake

14 February, 09:13 PM
Yulia Petrova with her sons Zakhar and Matviy (Photo:Serhiy Petrov's archive /

Yulia Petrova with her sons Zakhar and Matviy (Photo:Serhiy Petrov's archive /

The bodies of a Ukrainian woman and her two sons were found under the rubble of a building destroyed by the earthquake in Antakya, Turkey, the woman's father, Serhiy Petrov, told Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne on Feb. 14.

According to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko, at least five Ukrainians, including Petrova’s family from Zaporizhzhia, were killed in the earthquake in Turkey. Ten Ukrainians were rescued from the rubble, while seven remain missing.

46-year-old Zaporizhzhia resident Yulia Petrova and her sons Zakhar, 10, and Matviy, 5, moved to stay their relatives in Antakya a few months ago.

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“Since Feb. 6, when the earthquake hit, they had not been in touch with,” said Serhiy Petrov.

“But last night we got confirmation that their bodies were found under the rubble.”

Yulia Petrova's father said that her husband was a soldier who was being treated in Zaporizhzhia after being wounded. He was planning to go to Turkey to help search for his wife and children.

On Feb. 6, a series of earthquakes shook Turkey and Syria. They were among the most powerful and destructive in the last 100 years. A state of emergency was declared in 10 provinces of Turkey, which will last for three months.

The death toll in Turkey and Syria has exceeded 37,000 people. According to The Guardian, the estimate of 5,714 deaths in Syria is likely to be significantly underestimated.

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