Ukrainian teen who fled Kyiv sends sassy message to Russians who believe ‘war isn’t real’: ‘I was there’

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Yelizaveta “Lizzy” Lysova, 17, experienced the war in Ukraine firsthand, making a viral TikTok video dancing in her bathrobe as Kyiv was attacked by Russia just before she fled to Switzerland, telling those who don’t think it is real that she was there and knows it is.

As Russia first invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, Lysova made a TikTok video in her home in Kyiv. The video now has over 16 million views and brings into focus the surreal attack by Russia on her country.

She danced to “Who’s That Chick?” by David Guetta in her bathrobe in her kitchen attempting to lighten the mood while making it abundantly clear that “Russia attacked us.” She left her home a few hours later to escape the bombing and the ravages of war, according to Fox News.

“When you woke up at 5 a.m. to the sounds of explosions and everything trembling and realize that Russia declared war on u so u r packing you sh1t and dipping,” she wrote on TikTok while dancing to the music and the sounds of war.

“Love Russia,” she snarked. The second TikTok expressing her sarcastic sentiments towards Mother Russia has been viewed over 1.1 million times.

@whereislizzyy #ukraine ♬ whos that chick – &lt3

@whereislizzyy Just when I got my life together 😍 #standwithukraine #ww3 ♬ whos that chick – &lt3

Lysova did a Zoom interview with Fox News on Monday describing her shock at Russia’s attack and said that the videos were a coping mechanism. At the time she made them she did not fully grasp exactly what was happening or how it would devastate the Ukrainian people.

“At the moment, you don’t really realize what’s happening,” she claimed. “It really took some time for me to understand that it’s actually going on, and it’s not like it’s some kind of a dream that’s happening – because it was really unexpected.”

“A few days before, I heard the news that basically, like, there was some tension between Russia and Ukraine, like many people were talking about how Russian troops are standing on the border of Ukraine,” Lysova recounted. “But a lot of people were skeptical about it, and they were like, ‘No, the war is not going to happen’ because it seems so unrealistic – you never know what’s going to come to you.”

“At 5 a.m., I woke up to everything, like, shaking, and I was like, ‘Wait, what was that an earthquake?'” she remembered. “And then I heard a second explosion, and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s – that’s war.'”

The teen was alone with her sister when the Russians began their invasion. Her parents were in Western Ukraine, so she took her little sister into the basement and waited until her brother had time to arrive. He lives 20 minutes from their home. They were uncertain whether they should flee but after watching a video from a security camera outside of their house showing bombs going off in the distance and then seeing a Russian plane, Lysova steeled herself and prepared to make a run for it with her family.

“I’m obviously really terrified for my people, my family who stayed in Ukraine for like the whole nation because I love Ukraine and I love the city – the city of Kyiv. And I love the whole country,” she stated. “It’s really devastating to see how innocent people are suffering.”

The girl was heartbreakingly forced to leave their beloved pets, Peach the dog and Anfisa the cat behind, in the rush to save their lives. Lysova traveled with her mother and sister by car toward Romania. They fought heavy traffic and long lines of Ukrainians who were waiting to get their documents checked. Four days later they crossed into Romania and relative safety.

Then they flew to Switzerland where Lysova attends boarding school. They were among the lucky ones to get out.

“It’s really hard for me to focus, especially like it’s been going on for weeks now. And I can’t really like – no focus, no sleep, like nothing because it’s really like bothering me,” she asserted. “It’s not nice to experience it, especially knowing that your family’s still there, and they are still in danger. My exams are coming up soon and like, they’re not doing any excuses for Ukrainians, so I’m trying my best.”

“I actually received a lot of messages saying like, ‘stay safe,’ like ‘if you need, please come to Georgia or, like, other countries,'” Lysova said in her interview with Fox News. “But I’ve also encountered a lot of Russian people who are telling me that the war isn’t real, and it’s not really happening – when I was there.”

“The truth is not being spread unless it’s by Ukrainians, because like Belarus, like Russia, they don’t really tell their people what is really going on,” she remarked concerning widespread propaganda. “They tell a completely different story to what is going on actually in Ukraine. I know it because I have some Russian friends, and they tell me that, and it’s actually insane.”

“They told me that on their news, their president said he’s trying to save Ukraine from us – like he’s saving Ukraine from Ukrainians, basically. And this is a special operation, and he just wants peace,” Lysova commented.

“Overall, they are not showing the true image as far as I can see. I can give an example,” she pointed out. “So, a few days ago, a maternity home was bombed in Ukraine, and there are a lot of videos, a lot of people who saw a lot. Look, like it was massive. And on the Russian news, it was said that yes, it was a maternity home, but a few years ago it was rebuilt to be a U.S. military base, which is not true.”

“I’m really scared for my whole nation. Obviously, in Mariupol, it is really bad right now,” the teen reported. “I had a friend from there, and the last time we spoke was like four days ago when she was in a bomb shelter. And but then the WiFi/Internet cut off as I understood, and I haven’t heard from her since then.”

“Of course, I do feel bad for some Russians because like everything basically left the Russian market like even McDonald’s,” Lysova admitted. “But at the same time, I feel like by them posting themselves crying online and like about like McDonald’s or like Instagram or like social media, they’re really like devaluing the actual issues the Ukrainians are going through every day by sitting in bomb shelters and not being able to sleep for weeks and not being able to concentrate, eat. I feel like this is something that you can’t really compare to each other.”

So a lot of people now want to fight since they see that their president is on their side and not in some like safe bunker evacuated,” she concluded. “I think it’s really motivating, and it’s really good that he stayed.”


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