A thug slaughtered his lover’s two children and hospitalised her, turning a sauna into a bloodbath after he was introduced as their stepdad.
The surviving mum Lyudmila Strelchuk, 35, remains in a “grave” condition in hospital, with doctors yet to tell her that her children are dead, say reports.
Vasil Tsekh, 30, has been charged with double murder for the brutal deaths of Martina, nine, and her brother Demid, two, in a sickening attack with his fists and a broken chair, say police in Ukraine.
During his sauna rampage, Tsekh who met Ms Strelchuk on a dating website, also hit her helpless children ‘against a wall’.
The children were killed at restaurant and sauna complex ‘Oksana’ in Tyachiv town, western Ukraine where their mother wanted to introduce them to the man she wanted to marry, reports say.
The sauna manager called police after hearing a commotion, opening the door, and seeing broken chairs and blood on the floor.
The brother and sister died at the scene which Tsekh fled from but was later detained by police.
Initial reports in Ukraine said that the mother had died in the attack but these were corrected by police.
After regaining consciousness she told doctors that she must recover to “care for the children”.
Martina was born when her mother lived and worked in Italy, but she split with her daughter’s father.
Her son was born in Ukraine from another failed relationship after she returned to her homeland.
Her son’s father is now with her at the hospital to comfort her.
The children have been buried in her home city, Kamianets-Podilskyi.
Her relatives said that Tsekh had appeared “normal” and did not drink much.
His parents have expressed “shock” over the death of the children.