Slovak police said on Sunday that an 11-year-old Ukrainian boy had crossed the Slovakian border alone carrying a plastic bag, passport and phone number.
“She came from Saporigia alone because her parents had to stay in Ukraine,” police spokeswoman Denisa Bardiova told AFP.
The boy’s mother took him on a train to Slovakia because he had to stay home to care for his mother with special needs.
The boy, who arrived in Slovakia on Saturday, was welcomed by a group of volunteers who served him food.
“Thank you so much for saving my son’s life,” his wife Yulia Pichetskaya said in a video posted on Facebook on Sunday. “There are people with big hearts in your small country,” he added.
Since Friday, the Russian military has occupied the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, where – according to Ukrainian officials – artillery fire. The Russian government, on the other hand, has not claimed responsibility for the fire.
Slovak police wrote on Facebook that the boy “won everyone’s hearts with his smile, courage and determination, the work worthy of a true hero”.
Local volunteers were able to contact some of the boy’s relatives in Slovakia, who picked him up and took him to the capital, Bratislava.
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