Tucked in Hong Kong’s Soho sits a Ukrainian restaurant, Ivan the Kozak, founded over two decades ago by Olena Wang, her husband and their daughter.
Olena married a Hong Konger but is originally from Ukraine, and since the war between Russia and Ukraine began a week ago, she’s seen an outpouring of support from residents.
One customer tipped HK$10,000 (US$1,280), asking Wang to wire the money to those who needed it back in Ukraine.
“We sent this money to Ukraine and sent an email confirmation to him so he knows we sent the money to the right place,” Wang said. She encourages people to donate directly to charities like the Red Cross.
Wang also said that she has no hatred for Russians – she only wants peace. She added that Russians living in Hong Kong are lucky to see a more comprehensive picture of the situation, as opposed to those only seeing propaganda back in Russia.
“We don’t want to be a vassal for someone,” Wang said. “We want to be free. We want our children to have a future. We can fight, we can die for this.”
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