Beautiful moment Ukrainian boy is hugged by his new classmates – with a big smile on his face – after he flees to Spain with his mother to escape war
- Ukrainian diplomat shares moment when refugee child is greeted at new school
- Touching footage shows kids gathering and hugging a new classmate
- More than 1.5 million children have fled Ukraine since the start of the war
This is the heartwarming moment when Spanish schoolchildren shower their new Ukrainian classmate with hugs on his first day of school.
The moving images show a teacher introducing her students to their newest classmate, a young child who has just arrived from Ukraine as a refugee after fleeing a month-long war.
The video was shot at the CEIP Peru school in the Spanish capital, Madrid, and was shared by Ukrainian diplomat Olexander Shcherba, 51, who served as Ukraine’s ambassador to Austria until 2021.
The child reportedly arrived in Spain with his mother and three-month-old sister to join relatives already living there.
The boy’s father could not join them because he had to stay in Ukraine to fight the Russian invaders under the martial law of the country.
The moving footage shows local schoolchildren gathering around the boy and giving him hugs, with the boy apparently surprised and unsure how to respond.
This is the touching moment when school children crowd around a Ukrainian refugee who has just joined their class and give him lots of hugs
Finally, he bursts out with a big smile as the boys and girls in his new class all hug him at the same time, and one little boy even comes back for a moment.
The teacher is apparently seen explaining to the school children that the young boy, who is not named, will be joining their class.
You can see other adults, who appear to be parents, standing and letting the children do their thing.
The local school children gather around the boy and give him hugs, with the boy apparently surprised and unsure how to react
Although he has yet to learn to speak Spanish, the young lad is already playing with his new classmates, according to his uncle.
Ukraine’s prosecutor’s office said on Sunday that at least 115 children have been killed since Putin launched his so-called “special military operation” to “de-nazify” Ukraine.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague has ordered Russia to immediately suspend its illegal invasion of Ukraine.
The moving scenes in the Spanish classroom come after an entire school greeted Ukrainian refugee children with cheers in Italy last week as they arrived for their first day after fleeing the Russian invasion.
This is the incredible moment when an entire school of Ukrainian refugee students locally called siblings Dmitri, 10, and Victoria, eight, greeted with cheers as they arrived for their first day of fleeing the Russian invasion
The children were then introduced to what appeared to be student counselors to guide them through their first day at the Italian school in the Pomigliano d’Arco neighborhood of Naples.
Students and teachers in Italy gathered at the main entrance of the Don Milani Institute in Naples to greet the two children. The crowd erupted into cheers and applause as the couple walked through the front doors and continued to clap for a few moments as they waved yellow and blue Ukrainian national flags
More than 200 students and teachers gathered at the main entrance of the Don Milani Institute in Naples to greet the two children, named locally as siblings Dmitri, 10, and Victoria, eight.
The crowd erupted into cheers as the couple walked through the front doors and continued to applaud as they waved yellow and blue Ukrainian national flags.
The children were then introduced to what appeared to be tutors to guide them through their first day at school in the Pomigliano d’Arco neighborhood of Naples.
More than 3.5 million Ukrainians have fled their homelands since Moscow launched an all-out invasion of the country on February 24, and that number is expected to increase dramatically in the coming days as the war intensifies.
Images from the school show at least 200 students and teachers participating in the warm welcome.
Earlier this month, another Italian school hosted a birthday party for two Ukrainian orphans who were forced to flee their homes.
The couple were welcomed by local mayor Gianfranco Tedeschi at the Magicabula center in Cerchio, southern Italy.
About 54,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war in their homeland have entered Italy, most of them via the northeastern border with Slovenia.
The interior ministry said last week it had reserved more than 280 properties seized by the mafia to house Ukrainian refugees for the long term.
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