Ukrainian performers on Las Vegas Strip share families’ struggles, dangers abroad

Dozens of Ukrainian performers call Las Vegas home, but they say every hour, their eyes are on what's going on at home in Ukraine.
Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 10:50 PM PST
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Dozens of Ukrainian performers and workers help launch numerous shows nightly across the Las Vegas Strip. They shared their struggles to monitor the situation of their families from Las Vegas.

FOX5 met with Dima Deyneko and Yura Freyuk, elite athletes from Ukraine, and acrobats who now call Las Vegas home.

Deyneko’s mother has volunteered to help her local town, and his father who is 64 signed up for the local army in the Odessa area. His father was not obligated to join the Ukrainian army, but chose to enlist.

Freyuk’s sister evacuated from Ukraine to Estonia, enduring days in border lines to reach safety.

Local production group Spiegelworld called for help from Nevada officials to aid their staff members. The group, under Ross Mollison, released this statement:

“Spiegelworld employs close to 500 people from all over the world in Las Vegas, including ten people from Ukraine who make our shows possible both on and off stage. As a company, we stand with all of our colleagues who have been affected by the recent unfolding events in Ukraine. They are obviously terribly concerned about the welfare of their families back home. We have been making urgent enquiries to see if there is any way we can help financially to get their immediate family members safely out of the country, if they wish to leave. I have also written to Governor Sisolak and other leaders to seek help in securing emergency visas for their immediate family members to come to Las Vegas where Spiegelworld would undertake to assist with housing and getting them established. In the meantime, Spiegelworld is providing any support it can to assist our employees during this distressing time.”