A Mariupol boy responds to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s letter with a hand-drawn Ukrainian flag
After the British Prime Minister wrote a letter to Ukrainian children, a six-year-old boy named Ilya Kostushevych, who lost his family and was rescued by volunteers in Mariupol, decided to respond to Boris Johnson. Along with a handwritten letter, the child sent a picture of his cat Frosia and the Ukrainian flag he drew. He praised the British prime minister for helping Ukraine amid Russian aggression and said he hoped the war would end soon and innocent people would not lose their lives. In the letter, he even described his wish to play football at his home in Mariupol.
Kostushevych wrote: “Dear Boris Johnson! I want the war to end sooner so people don’t die anymore. I want to play football at home in Mariupol. I would like all the children in the world not to have a war. Greetings to all the children of Britain, thank you for helping us. We win! I have a cat, Frosia. I send you the flag of Ukraine that I drew. I’m kissing you strongly. »
Шестирччний ілля, який Втратив сім Â В маріполі, Відовів на Відкритий ли пре. pic.twitter.com/1HTNYTaULP
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It should be mentioned that the boy’s parents were killed during the Russian missile attack on Mariupol. The street and neighborhood where he and his family resided were completely devastated by the attack. The six-year-old child was successfully rescued by the volunteers. At the moment, Maria and Volodymyr Bespalykh from Sloviansk are taking care of him, according to Zaborona.
Boris Johnson’s letter
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has addressed an open letter to young Ukrainians, praising them as a model of bravery and a true source of inspiration for children and adults around the world. The letter was written in English and Ukrainian. On April 9, 2022, during a visit to Kyiv, the British Prime Minister spoke about the lack of children and young people on the streets.
In the letter, Johnson said that after the invasion, many children were forced to flee their homes, abandoning family, friends, pets, toys and everyday life, seeking refuge in train stations, distant cities and even foreign countries. He said he can’t imagine how difficult this year has been for them. In the letter, he also said that Ukrainian flags are displayed in homes, shops, churches and even playgrounds in the UK.