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Grief continues for the family of Halyna Hutchins, who was shot and killed by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust,” as the parents of the deceased cinematographer are now trapped in Kyiv, caught up in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine.
Hutchins’ husband, Matt Hutchins, mentioned on his Twitter account (which has been set to private) that her parents, Anatoly and Olga Androsovych, are trapped in Kyiv “because of the danger of travel,” according to NPR, which still has access to his tweets.
The late cinematographer was herself a native of Zhytomyr, Ukraine, born there back when it was part of the Soviet Union. As NPR reported, Halyna studied journalism at the Kyiv National University after independence was achieved in 1991, and kept her Ukrainian citizenship after moving to the US to work in film. Halyna is survived by her husband and their 9-year-old son, Andros Hutchins.
“Ukrainian refugees need humanitarian corridors. Halyna’s family is trapped in Kyiv because of the danger of travel,” her husband stated on his private Twitter.
Hutchins noted that Halyna’s parents chose to stay in Kyiv at first “because her country needs her, but also because they cannot leave safely.” Her mother Olga is a nurse and has worked at a Kyiv hospital for several decades.
“[Halyna’s] parents stayed in Kyiv to prepare for the worst. Mother, Olga, still working as nurse at the hospital where has worked for 30+ years,” Hutchins tweeted.
Halyna’s sister, Svetlana Androsovych, escaped safely, according to Hutchins, adding that Svetlana and her 3-year-old daughter successfully made it to Romania, and would continue onward to an unspecified location in western Europe.
Hutchins had praise for those who have volunteered to help defend Ukraine, reiterated his support for a no-fly zone, and called upon China to get more involved and use its considerable influence with Russia to bring an end to the invasion:
“China needs to step up and do what NATO cannot. Chinese intervention to guarantee both sides will stay out of the sky and not use rocket bombardment of ground forces would boost China’s global standing and save face for Vladimir Putin,” Hutchins tweeted, according to NPR.
Halyna and her family broke onto the national radar when she was allegedly killed by Alec Baldwin during the filming of “Rust.” Baldwin and a number of other producers are being sued by Hutchins, alleging that their “reckless” attempts to cut costs resulted in the wrongful death of his wife.
Baldwin’s claim that he never pulled the trigger of the gun that killed Halyna is also disputed by Hutchins, asserting that “the idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me.”
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