A Ukrainian model who was a member of the infamous Dubai “Butt Squad” expressed fear Tuesday about her parents, who live in an eastern town where an acid tank exploded, sending toxic gas into the air, according to a report.
Anastasia Koshuba, a 21-year-old model who was part of the “Butt Squad” that made international headlines by posing naked on a Dubai balcony, said from Turkey that she has been unable to reach her parents after the explosion in her home village of Rubizhne, East2West News reported.
“My town Rubizhne where I grew up is hit by an exploding tanker of nitric acid,” the psychology student said, according to the outlet. “I am crying. I have had no contact with my parents for a month now because the fighting has been intense here, and now this.”
The blond beauty said she last visited her parents, Andrey, 57, and Elena, 55, in February before Russia launched its invasion and last heard from them as the fighting intensified about a month ago.
“As of today, I do not know whether they are alive or not. I have not spoken to them for a month. I am very scared and worried, I love them very much,” Koshuba told East2West.
“I’m having a hard time with it, I’m crying. I try to distract myself, I try to study psychology not to think about it,” she said. “They are in the war zone in Rubizhne, where there is complete lawlessness going on there now.
“Russian residents and Chechens, they are looting,” Koshuba continued. “They are shooting in the air, in the outskirts of the city. They play, laugh, shoot in the air. They steal cars, rob flats, then live in them.”
Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists accused each other of blowing up the industrial tank, which spewed nitric acid and created a serious potential hazard for local residents.
“In Rubizhne, Luhansk region, Russian troops hit a tank with nitric acid,” David Arakhamia, a member of Ukraine’s negotiating team at peace talks with Russia, said on Telegram.
Members of the self-proclaimed, Russian-backed Luhansk People’s Republic countered that “Ukrainian nationalist formations” had blown up the tank — sending up a dangerous cloud of poison gas before retreating.
Western governments have expressed concerns that Russia or its proxies could launch a chemical attack as part of the war in Ukraine and blame it on the other side.
Koshuba made headlines when she appeared in an infamous bottom-baring photograph snapped on a balcony in Dubai, where she and the other models were allegedly invited by Ukrainian American Vitaliy Grechin, 41, to take part in the X-rated photoshoot.
The playboy later admitted that the event in the conservative Arab sheikhdom was a “mistake.”