Ballet dancer

Ukraine: Ballet Dancer Safely Returns to Rome – English

(ANSA) – ROME, MARCH 4 – An Italian ballet dancer who had been stranded by the Ukrainian war in Kiev returned safely to Rome on a scheduled commercial flight from Bucharest on Friday.

Bari-born Giordano Signorile, 19, landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport after being rescued earlier this week in a joint operation by Italian intelligence and the foreign ministry.

He returned to Italy via Moldova and Romania in a 48-hour trip, his mother said on Facebook.

Signorile had lived in Ukraine for five years where he was training to become a professional ballet dancer.

He took refuge in his school, the Ukrainian Academy of Dance, after the start of the Russian offensive last Thursday.

With two friends, a young man and a young woman of Chinese origin, he hid in the underground garage of the academy during the bombardment of the Voskresenka district, about 40 kilometers from the center of the Ukrainian capital.

Upon arriving in Rome, Signorile said: “I’m in Italy and I’ll be home soon and it still doesn’t feel real to me.

“I am incredulous and very happy and I thank the anti-aggression observatory very much”. (ANSA).