Chernobyl visitors touch down to spend Christmas with host families
SANTA came early for the 'Two Sashas' when they arrived to spend another Christmas in Ireland.
The pair arrived at Dublin Airport along with more than 50 special needs children from the Chernobyl region for their annual Christmas break organised by Chernobl Children International (CCI).
Dozens of Irish families from 11 counties waited to bring them to their homes for Christmas.
It is Sasha Leukin and Sasha Holdyau's eighth year coming to Ireland, and they will return to the Meaney family in Bray for Christmas and New Year.
The 25 and 26-year-old live in one of the worst-affected regions of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
Some of the other host families include the Cox family in Castlebar, who are taking in Igor Shadzkou, while the Cullen family will be bringing Yvgeni Stasevick to Kilkenny.