Grant Shapps reveals what life is like with a Ukrainian refugee family

Grant Shapps called it a “sobering” experience to live with a refugee family for 10 months as the war against Russia rages on.

Last year, Shapps became the second MP to host Ukrainian refugees in his home as thousands battled the Home Office to get to the UK.

The Conservative MP welcomed a child, aged seven, his mother, grandmother and dog – who have since become like “family” – to his home in Hertfordshire.

Speaking to Sky News, Shapps said being on the program has also influenced the way he speaks to Cabinet about refugee support.

He told the publication: “I found it very helpful because every time we discuss what’s happening in Ukraine, in the cabinet, in the back of my mind or when I come home, I’m reminded of the reality of politics and what it actually means.’

The cabinet minister added that he felt Brits share many similarities with Ukrainians based on their experience with the Blitz.

Mother, Snezhana Chaykina, moved into Shapp’s house in April last year, fleeing Kiev and leaving her husband in Ukraine.

The family posted on Facebook asking about the Homes for Ukraine scheme, which was reportedly picked up by the Tory MP’s daughter.

Following the agreements, Shapps tweeted: “Today we are delighted to welcome a three generation Ukrainian family to our home along with their dog Max.

“As your country navigates the turmoil of Putin’s war, our country stands resolutely with the people of Ukraine.”

Shapps’ 18-year-old son was initially concerned about the family moving in, but told the Times they “fit in very well”.

Ten months later, Shapps now says they became very close, had dinner together and all shared in the housework.

The “three-generation” family is currently living in the room of Shapp’s son, who was then studying at the university.

Seven-year-old Nikita also attends a local school in the area.

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Grant Shapps said it was “sobering” to host a Ukrainian refugee family in his home

Despite the scheme’s impact, Shapps stressed that it hasn’t changed his view of small boats coming to the UK with refugees.

He added: “It’s absolutely right that stopping the small boats is one of our top priorities.”

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