A tear-jerking clip shared on social media has captured the moment an injured Ukrainian serviceman is welcomed home by his adoring toddler. Since the start of the war on February 24, Ukrainian men and women have been putting their bodies on the line in defence of their country against Russian forces.
And the footage shows the man, who is wearing an eyepatch and using a walking stick, greeting the tiny tot at Lviv train station in the snow.
The youngster, dressed in a colourful onesie, runs towards him and the pair share a warm embrace.
The video is shared by Defense of Ukraine, the official Twitter account of the country’s defence ministry.
It comments: “Lviv’s central railway station.
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Mr Zelensky met with military personnel in a dimly lit building – likely a disused factory – in Bakhmut, which he referred to as “the hottest spot on the entire front line”.
The city, roughly 380 miles east of Kyiv, has stayed in Ukrainian hands, thwarting Moscow’s goal of capturing the rest of Donetsk province and the entire Donbas industrial region.
Mr Zelensky told the troops he passed through Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Druzhkivka to reach Bakhmut in an unannounced trip which appeared designed to show Moscow’s failure to capture the city and dishearten Russians trying to surround it.
He wrote on Telegram: “Bakhmut Fortress. Our people. Unconquered by the enemy. Who with their bravery prove that we will endure and will not give up what’s ours.”
Thanking troops for “the courage, resilience and strength shown in repelling the enemy attacks”, he added: “Since May, the occupiers have been trying to break our Bakhmut, but time goes by and Bakhmut is already breaking not only the Russian army, but also the Russian mercenaries who came to replace the wasted army of the occupiers.”