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A man from southwest Florida is asking for help from his father, who was trapped in besieged Ukraine. The man from Port Charlotte says his 75-year-old father is stuck where Russian troops are attacking outside the capital Kyiv.

So far, this dad is struggling to get basic necessities such as food and water. Romulus Sugar told WINK News that he feels helpless. His elderly father is in a war zone without resources and money, and he can’t help it.

Reports tell of another man from Port Charlotte who was trapped by Russians in Berdyansk, Ukraine. This man is the 75-year-old father of Romulus Sugar, Sanford.

“Every now and then he gets some signal. And he can, you know, talk to him or call him or something. But… but usually it’s like text messages, ”Tsukar said.

Sanford moved to Ukraine with his wife five years ago to retire. They tried to escape when the invasion began, but did not go very far.

“Thousands of cars, and there was only one gas station around. They couldn’t get to that. And then, like a couple of days later, they tried again, and there were tanks that came up and started firing at other tanks. That’s why they turned around and returned to their place, ”Tsukar said.

Their place belongs to the fifth floor of an apartment building, which is now surrounded by Russian troops. And, as the message of Sanford and this son shows, this building is now without heat, water and electricity.

“He’s trying to keep warm. But you know, it’s just complete darkness, there’s not much there, “said Sugar.

“Everything is turned off at night. They don’t even want to light candles because, you know, they don’t know if they will start shooting through the windows, ”Tsukar said.

And Sugar said being a U.S. citizen offers no protection. “If he goes outside, they can beat his wife, and if they ask for ID and see that he is a US citizen, they can shoot him back,” Sugar said.

Sugar is really afraid of the worst for his father. “You saw the messages he sent. He is already practically refusing to say goodbye. And I don’t want to accept that, ”he said.

The US State Department has suspended all operations at the US Embassy in Kyiv, so his father will not be helped there. His best hope is for the fighting to end.

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