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A Ukrainian refugee discovers his looted belongings in a photo of a Russian tank

She saw the tank on the news about the war when she was in Britain (

She saw the tank on the war news when she was in the UK (Image: Reuters)

A Ukrainian refugee who fled to Britain said she recognized her own stolen belongings in a photo of a Russian tank.

Alina Koreniuk left her home in Popasna, eastern Ukraine, on April 8 and is now living in Nottingham with a British couple.

Her husband first noticed that a photo from her town looked familiar and showed it to her.

“He said, ‘Do you notice anything strange about this photo?’ and asked me if I saw what he saw in it,” Alina told the BBC.

They recognized the items worn on top of the tank, including a tablecloth from their summer home, a red blanket, and new Disney linens.

They also discovered a box that, according to Alina, contained a new boiler that they had ordered before the war and had not yet installed.

She believes the sheets were used to cover electronic items they had to leave behind.

But Alina said she wasn’t shocked to see her belongings on a Russian tank.

She knew the patterns on sheets and blankets from her homeland

She recognized the patterns on sheets and blankets from her home (Image: Reuters)

“Our reaction was that they would steal anything they didn’t destroy,” she told the broadcaster.

“We expected houses to be looted in Popasna, we’ve been told that many times.”

The street where the photo was taken is just five minutes from her home, she added.

Alina, a police officer and former child psychologist, fled to another part of Ukraine on February 24 with her daughters Kristina, 12, and Olha, 8.

Her husband, mother and grandmother are still in Ukraine. She recounted how her mother also left home, leaving her dog behind, believing it had now been killed by shrapnel or Russian forces.

For months there have been allegations of looting by Russian forces.

Smoke rose in the city of Severodonetsk during heavy fighting yesterday

Smoke rises in the city of Severodonetsk during heavy fighting yesterday (Image: Getty)

Russian website Mediazona estimated that 58 tons of packages were sent from Ukraine to Russia and Belarus, and little went the other way.

Alina’s town of Popasna is in the Severodonetsk region, where Russia is currently pushing an offensive.

The area is key to Moscow’s efforts to complete its conquest of the industrial Donbass region.

“The city is essentially being ruthlessly destroyed block by block,” Mayor Oleksandr Striuk said.

He said heavy street fighting continued and artillery fire threatened the lives of the estimated 13,000 civilians who still sought refuge in the devastated city, which was once home to more than 100,000 people.

The mayor said more than 1,500 residents have died of various causes since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Evacuation efforts were halted due to shelling.

“Civilians die from direct blows, from shrapnel wounds and under the rubble of destroyed buildings, as most residents hide in basements and dugouts,” Striuk said.

The power has been shut off and people need water, food and medicine, and the mayor added: “There are food supplies for several days, but the question is how to distribute them.”

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