Ukrainian schoolboy, 18, adopts four siblings after his mother dies in his arms – Reuters

18-year-old Ukrainian man adopted his four siblings after their mother was killed in a bomb blast at the hands of Vladimir Putin’s forces

Vyacheslav Yalov pictured with his siblings

An 18-year-old Ukrainian became the guardian of his four siblings after the tragic death of their mother.

Vyacheslav Yalov, from the village of Verkhnotoretske in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast, stepped in to care for his siblings, even evacuating them from their homes.

The siblings are made up of Nicole, 11, Olivia, 8, and their two brothers Daniel, 16, and Timur, 10.

The family has now settled in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine which has so far remained much less bombed than other cities.

Vyacheslav organized school places for his siblings and made sure they all had food and clothing, as everything was ruined and lost in the brutal bombardment that saw them lose their mother.

Speaking about the day his mother Marina, 37, died, Vyacheslav said the family had just returned home when suddenly they were rocked by two large shells which exploded a few meters away from them.







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He said: “The second shell was the worst, it was deafening. When I opened my eyes, I could see my mother lying on her side. I walked up to her and tried to pick her up and she said, I’m fine. .” But died very soon after.

He said they kept hope alive, dressed her wounds and tried to revive her but, despite help from others, there was nothing they could do.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces kept dropping bombs and the fierce fighting continued, the siblings were unable to hold a proper funeral and had to bury their mother in a bomb crater. They hope to one day return and give him a good start.







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Once they fled their hometown, they managed to get two rooms in a hostel and the local authorities promised to give them their own accommodation and assistance so that they could all study and not just the youngest four. .

Vyacheslav said: “We don’t have other relatives. I want to give them a childhood, and I know that I can succeed.”

He added that he didn’t want to give up on his dreams of becoming a doctor. Daniel wants to work in IT, Timur wants to work as a prosecutor, Olivia as a judge and Nicole as a lawyer.







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On Wednesday, the first Russian soldier to be tried for war crimes in Ukraine pleaded guilty. Tank commander Vadim Shishimarin, 21, murdered a 62-year-old civilian in the village of Chupakhivka in northeastern Ukraine, east of kyiv, on February 28, just four days after the warmonger Putin ordered troops to cross the border.

The British Ministry of Defense intelligence update said that in the Chernihiv region north of kyiv, around 3,500 buildings were reportedly destroyed or damaged during Russia’s aborted advance towards the Ukrainian capital. With 80% of damage to residential buildings.

He continued: “Russia probably increasingly resorted to indiscriminate artillery bombardment due to a limited ability to acquire targets and an unwillingness to risk flying fighter jets regularly in the air. beyond its own front lines. Russia will likely continue to rely heavily on massive artillery strikes as it attempts to regain momentum in its advance into Donbass.”

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Martin E. Berry