Mother, daughter fleeing Ukraine found refuge with a naval veteran and his husband at Wilton Manors

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – A Ukrainian family fighting back after Russian invasion thanks a couple from Wilton Manors for helping them find a new home.

Dasha Shareyko and her mother Vita still remember that day to this day.

“She just looked at me and said it’s war,” Shareyko said.

They could hear bombings from their home in Kyiv.

Like so many others, they made the painful decision to flee.

Shareyko told Local 10 News’ Christian de la Rosa that they left behind their father, brother and the life they had built for themselves.

“You have a strong sense of right and wrong,” she said. “I grew up during the Cold War era.”

US Navy veteran James Moon felt compelled to do something and came across a facebook group are looking for people willing to open their homes to refugees.

He was connected to Shareyko and her mother via video call.

Moon told Local 10 News how he remembers that call.


“‘We have a dog, I hope you don’t have a problem with that. The cutest little thing ever. We’re a gay couple, I hope that’s not a problem for you, ‘and they were just, they could tell you that was the least of their concerns,'” Moon said.

Shareyko said it couldn’t have been a better fit. She is also part of the LGBTQ-plus community.

“You travel almost all over the world to meet a random guy and he turns out to be one of the best things ever,” she said. “I mean, like, what a coincidence.”

Moon and his husband Robbie welcomed the mother and daughter into their home.

Since arriving in South Florida in March, Shareyko has been able to continue her work remotely.

You recently moved into your own apartment.

“You think about all the things that could go wrong, but you keep thinking about all the things that are going right,” Moon said.

The two say they feel safe and loved.

“You feel a little guilty, too,” she said. “Because you have a clear sky, nothing is going on here. There’s pressure, there’s trouble everywhere, but at least you’re safe and alive.”


Moon created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Shareykos and it can be found by click here.

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