Refugee boy, 11, leaves his parents in Ukraine & travels 600 miles on his own to safety with a phone number on his hand
7th March 2022

A YOUNG refugee boy has left his parents in Ukraine and travelled 600 miles on his own to safety with a phone number written on his hand.

The 11-year-old from Zaporizhzhya was branded a "hero" after he crossed the border to Slovakia alone.



The Zaporizhzhya region is home to Europe's biggest nuclear power plant which was damaged by Russian shelling- something that could trigger the biggest radiation leak in history.

Slovakian authorities have praised the boy for his bravery and said that he only had a backpack, a plastic bag, a passport, and a phone number written on his hand.

They added that volunteers looked after the boy and have him food and drinks.

"He gained all of them with his smile, fearlessness and determination, worthy of a true hero," the Slovak Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

The statement, posted on the ministry’s Facebook page said that thanks to the phone number on the boy's hand and a piece of paper in his passport, staff were able to contact his relatives in Slovakia who picked him up later.

It comes as dozens were seen running for their lives after Russia broke the agreement for a ceasefire again.

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At least eight people have been killed in the strike, including a mum with her two children as civilians ran across a bridge to escape the bombardment.

Russia previously broke the ceasefire in Mariupol where residents were left running for shelter.

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It comes as:

  • Boris Johnson is to present a six-point plan of action to world leaders on how to deal with Putin 
  • Ukraine claims it has now killed 11,000 Russian soldiers as yesterday nine of Putin's aircraft were shot down
  • Putin issued a direct threat to the UK as he raged at sanctions "akin to a declaration of war"
  • SAS and US commandos are reportedly training for a rescue mission to save President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
  • Visa and Mastercard suspended operations in Russia dealing Putin another major blow
  • Cancer-stricken kids are trapped in war-torn Ukraine – as doctors tell them the bombs are just fireworks
  • Heartbreaking pictures show the extent of Ukraine's refugee crisis – with 1.5million fleeing for their lives
  • British firms helping Putin's henchmen must face the full force of the law, said David Davis MP

Desperate residents were struggling with the fifth day of no water or power after an evacuation failed, just as it did on Saturday.

People have been trying to get to the remains of a bridge leading to Kyiv over the Irpin River which Ukrainian forces blew up last week to stall the Russian advance.

Over 1.2 million refugees have fled Ukraine according to the UN since the first day of the invasion, with the majority arriving to Poland.

Others flee to Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, and Romania.

It comes as Priti Patel is set to offer a “humanitarian route” to the UK to Ukrainian refugees who try to flee Putin's invasion.

Following a harrowing trip to the Ukrainian border, the Home Secretary wants to relax the rules.

Last night she told The Sun: “In response to the desperation I saw with my own eyes at the Polish border two days ago, I’m urgently escalating our response to the growing humanitarian crisis.

“I am now investigating the legal options to create a humanitarian route.

“This means anyone without ties to the UK fleeing the conflict in Ukraine will have a right to come to this nation.”


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