A devastated Elina Svitolina will donate her prize money from her upcoming tournaments to help out the developing humanitarian crisis back in her homeland of Ukraine.
Svitolina expressed her heartbreak at the devastation back home as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine.
'WE MISS YOU': Tennis star's message to parents after fleeing Ukraine
The World No.15 said she has been in contact with her family and friends back at home, which is heartbreaking as she prepares for her match in Monterray, Mexico.
However, Svitolina is trying to use her upcoming matches for good as she offered to donate her prize money to help out back at home.
"My heart bleeds… We, Ukrainians, ask for the support and help of the whole full-fledged civilized world. My sincere thanks to our guys and girls who defend our Motherland," Svitolina tweeted.
She added on Instagram: "My people, every day I fear for you."
"I am devastated. My eyes won't stop crying, my heart won't stop bleeding. But I am so proud.
"I commit to redistribute the prize money of my next tournaments to support army and humanitarian needs to help them defend you.
— Elina Monfils (@ElinaSvitolina) February 25, 2022
— Elina Monfils (@ElinaSvitolina) February 27, 2022
Ukrainian tennis star escapes Ukraine
Another Ukrainian star, Dayana Yastremska revealed how she fled her home during the invasion.
The 21-year-old lives in Odessa with her parents and sister but decided to evacuate after the war with Russia began.
The port city in Ukraine has been targeted by Russia, with several ships hit by missiles as bloodshed in other parts of the country continue to escalate.
The horrific situation saw Yastremska’s parents make the heartbreaking decision to send her and her sister to France, while they remain in Ukraine.
The former world No 21 revealed her intention to leave Ukraine on Friday when she posted a picture of her and her sister sitting on suitcases.
Yastremska said she and her family had spent two nights sheltering underground in Odessa, before revealing the selfless act her parents made to ensure the safety of their children.
“After spending two nights in the underground parking, my parents made a decision at any cost to send me and my little sister out of Ukraine.
“Mom, Dad, we love you very much, take care of yourself!!! I love you my country! Ukrainians take care of your lives!”
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