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Ukrainian Boy Who Fled Horrors of War Meets New Classmates, Gets Showered with Love and Support

Stephen Thompson
Mar 27, 2022
07:40 P.M.
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Young students from CEIP Peru, a school in Madrid, showered a newbie with love and support by hugging him. The boy, who fled from Ukraine following the war, was instantly accepted despite being a citizen from another country.

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Fifty-one-year-old Olexander Scherba, a Ukrainian diplomat and former Ukraine ambassador to Austria, shared a sensational video making the rounds on the internet.

It showed a glimpse of the acceptance and compassion portrayed by youngsters in a school in Madrid as they welcomed a new student. The student was among the few Ukrainians that have been lucky enough to flee their native country following the war between Ukraine and Russia.

Pictures of Stepanko getting hugs from his new classmates | Source: tiktok.com/@denis.on22

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SCHERBA'S HEART-MELTING FOOTAGE

Young Stepanko had left Ukraine with his sister and mother, joining their relatives in Spain, while their dad stayed home to fight for the country.

Like every young lad, he would have felt nervous adapting to the new environment, especially since his parents are apart. Thankfully, he did not need to feel this way in his new school because his teachers and classmates welcomed him with open arms.

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The video recorded in the CEIP Peru school showed how the pupils, boys, and girls in Stepanko's class flock around him and give him tight hugs.

The Ukrainian native was so overwhelmed by the welcome that he remained void of emotions for a few minutes. Eventually, Stepanko parted his lips in a broad smile while receiving his friends.

As the kids continued to hug the newcomer, their teacher further explained that the young man would be joining them. Other adults, including parents, gushed over the kids' display and allowed them to enjoy their moment.

Pictures of Stepanko meeting his new classmates | Source: tiktok.com/@denis.on22

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STEPANKO'S FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL

Following the viral shot, Stepanko's uncle Denis Visotskiy who lives in Spain, shared an update—this time, focusing on the Ukrainian's review about his new friends.

Although Stepanko does not understand Spanish, he already has an excellent relationship with his classmates. While conversing with the adult in the TikTok clip, the boy revealed that he had a great time in school.

Pictures of Stepanko getting hugs from his new classmates | Source: tiktok.com/@denis.on22

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Before the end of the day, he had already become familiar with a ginger-haired boy. In the end, Stepanko was refreshingly honest in detailing the episode at school.

The day was filled with lots of fun and activities, including playing with everyone and making papercrafts.

Pictures of Stepanko getting hugs from his new classmates | Source: tiktok.com/@denis.on22

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THE WAR BETWEEN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE

Sadly, many children have died, and millions are fleeing for their lives. According to the U.N refugee agency, more than 3.5 million citizens have fled Ukraine, following Moscow's invasion of their country, ten days after Valentine's Day.

Even though the International Court of Justice in The Hague has ordered Russia to desist from the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the defending country continues to lose its citizens.

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Thankfully, these immigrants are being accepted by other countries. The warmness received by Stepanko at his new school comes after a school in Italy welcomed Ukrainian refugee kids with cheers and flags, showing solidarity on their first day.

Before then, another Italian school had celebrated the birthdays of two Ukrainian orphans that fled the country. They also met with a local mayor at Magicabula, who lovingly received the foreigners.

Italy has opened its borders to more than fifty-four thousand refugees. It has granted them access to over two hundred and eighty properties confiscated from the mafia for long-term use.

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