According to some media sources, about 30 children were in the camp when the attackers came. Shevchenko also discovered that during the raid some Roma people were beaten and burned, but they did not go to the police to report these acts of violence because of fear of the attackers.
Ombudsperson Liudmyla Denysova has initiated legal proceedings concerning the attack, which she says has indications of being discriminatory on grounds of ethnicity and motivated by ethnic hatred.
Shevchenko, meanwhile, went to look for the victims of the attack. He had been walking around the city for about two days asking passers by for any information when he finally found a small group of Roma sitting on a lawn near the bus station.
“Here they were, without food or water, frightened and out on their own. They told me that the camp had separated into three groups to hide from the attackers,” he reported. “They fled without taking any clothes, documents or money."
"All their possessions were destroyed in the fire, but they didn’t want to go to the police as they were too scared that the attackers would take revenge."
"I persuaded them to go to the police to tell them what had happened. Even though I was there to back them up, they still hesitated,” he continued.
While they were still at the police station, Shevchenko contacted the Department of Cultural Heritage, Religions, and Ethnicities of Ternopil Oblast State Administration for support. He also requested Caritas charitable foundation to help provide food and clothes to the survivors, which it did.
After the Roma filed their complaint and had a proper meal for the first time in 48 hours, there was still one issue to resolve: where were all these people going to live now? They wanted to go to their relatives in Svaliava in Zakarpattia Oblast, but they had no money to get there. Volodymyr approached the “Renaissance” foundation and they agreed to cover all the transport expenses.