Vitaliy Grechin: Ukrainian playboy behind infamous 'Butt Squad' stranded in Cyprus amid war

Vitaliy was celebrating a five-day 42nd birthday party with Russian and Ukrainian girls, aged between 18 and 23 when the war broke out


                            Vitaliy Grechin: Ukrainian playboy behind infamous 'Butt Squad' stranded in Cyprus amid war
Vitaliy Grechin (centre) and girls posing all in white at front of a boat in Cyprus before war broke out in Ukraine (Vitaliy Grechin/Triangle News)
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A Ukrainian playboy behind the infamous Butt Squad snaps in Dubai last summer, has been left distressed after getting stranded in Cyprus with beautiful women. Vitaliy Grechin was celebrating a five-day 42nd birthday party with Russian and Ukrainian girls, aged between 18 and 23, when the war broke out in his home country.

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The group was left in "despair" with almost half of them losing friends and family from both sides of the conflict and are unable to return home as flights had been canceled in and out of both countries. Vitaliy, who is originally from Kyiv, Ukraine said: "It's really tough you know, it's really tough. It's also tough being cut off from the businesses, banking, family, everything else in Ukraine. We're seeing a country being torn to pieces, people's lives being taken and their futures destroyed."

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Infamous 'Butt Squad' who made headlines last year in Dubai (Instagram)

Vitaliy continued, "It also became a mission of saving these people from the warzone with almost all of them crying, saying that people they know have died. My world changed in the middle of the night when three crying girls ran into my room waking me up at 5.30 and saying that Kyiv was being bombed. Immediately it went from a birthday party to a state of uncertainty and despair with everybody not believing the surreal situation." However, despite their families fighting being caught on different sides of the war, Vitaliy said that the girls are said to get along extremely well. 

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Vitaliy's family and friends, including his wife and 14-year-old son have spent five days trying to escape Ukraine by car. They had attempted to wait out the invasion, before fleeing to Europe. He worries deeply for his son and other children experiencing war so young and its impact on their future as his home in Irpin, just outside Kyiv, has been destroyed by mortar fire.

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Vitally said: "This type of situation completely destroys people's lives, people's years of building something, whether it's a house or business or stable environment for the family." He claims that his funds are now running low, as cards from Ukraine and Russia have been canceled but he is making sure what he does have is going towards food and shelter for himself and those around him.

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The girls from the 'Butt Squad' pose dressed in white (Vitaliy Grechin/Triangle News)

In the meantime, Vitaliy has rented a 1,200 square meter house in a European country where the band of young women can live. Yuliia Ulianochkina, 19, who came to Vitaliy's party from Ukraine, where she left her mother at home claims she hears of another person she knows dying every hour. She said: "A feeling of depression and despair has overtaken most of the Ukrainian girls around me, mostly because of disbelief at what is happening to our homeland."

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The 19-year-old girl continued, "Every hour we hear from someone in our group, that someone they know has been killed, that a rocket or a bomb has landed somewhere near one of our homes, workplaces, or landmarks we grew up around. There are girls here whose homes have already been destroyed. The only thing that comforts me a little is that my mother can concentrate on her safety and not worry about me."

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Another 22-year-old girl, whose family lives near Russian capital St Petersburg said: "I struggle to understand why my countrymen are attacking the country of my friends. We all speak the same language and laugh at the same jokes. I am shocked to see their tears." The girl did not want to be named due to the threat of prosecution when she returns to Russia. She also claims her male friends have received letters telling them to contact army recruiting officers and confirm their addresses. 

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The businessman is perhaps best known for being jailed in Dubai last year after a raunchy snap surfaced of 17 women, nicknamed the "Butt Squad", posing naked overlooking the skyline. The women in the snap were released from jail and deported with a five-year ban on returning to the United Arab Emirates. The 42-year-old playboy spent 22 days behind bars and 15 days in medical isolation after he tested positive for Covid-19. He was soon released without any charges in May 2021. 

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