Ukrainian Woman Takes Stranger's Kids Away from Horrors of War and Reunites Them with Their Mom

Lois Oladejo
Mar 05, 2022
06:20 P.M.
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The war between Russia and Ukraine has affected countless numbers, with several others displaced from their homes. However, the most heartbreaking stories from the war are the people separated from their loved ones.


Since the war began in Ukraine last week, life has changed for Ukrainians. Most families have suffered casualties, while others have been forced to flee their native land in search of safety in neighboring countries.

Despite the sadness and sorrow that plagued the war, there have been moments of happiness between families longing to be reunited with their loved ones. One such story making rounds on the internet involves a woman who many have tagged as a superhero.

Anna Semyuk hugging one of her children after being able to reunite with them [left] Anna Semyuk sharing an emotional embrace with her children [right]. | Source:



Nataliya Ableyeva was surprisingly tasked to cross two children into Hungary. The kids, who were in their father's company, were left stranded at the border as he was not allowed to cross into Hungary with them.

Since the war began, Ukraine has mandated that male citizens aged 18–60 stay back and defend their country. The 38-year-old man opted to entrust his children's safety into the hands of a stranger from his hometown of Kamianets-Podilskyi.

According to the children's father, their mother was on her way from Italy to meet them and move them to a safer place. He then shared his wife's number with Ableyeva before an emotional goodbye to his children, 


Due to the country's policy, Ableyeva could not travel with her two adult children. One of her children was a policeman, while the other was a nurse. Both had to deploy their services to their country. 

Speaking of the experience, the 58-year-old Ableyeva said

"Their father simply handed over the two kids to me, and trusted me, giving me their passports to bring them over."



Once they arrived in Hungary, Ableyeva and the kids waited at a refugee spot. The children looked exhausted, but a call from their mom revived their hope as she informed them she was on her way to the border. 

Anna Semyuk, 33, arrived with her blond hair scraped back in a ponytail. She met her kids and shared an emotional embrace with them. She proceeded to hug Ableveya, sobbing. Both women comforted each other while the kids looked on.

Semyuk noted that all she could do was assure her kids that all would be fine and they'd return home in a week or two. The reunited family was surrounded by other refugees trooping across the border.


Many social media users were moved by the kindness of the stranger to have safely crossed the children to Hungary to meet their mother. Some noted that this was one of the most touching moments since the war began.

According to reports, over a hundred thousand people have fled from Ukraine to Poland in two days. Other neighboring countries, such as Hungary, have also played host to several Ukrainians fleeing their country. These individuals all hope that peace can be brokered so they can return to their families.

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