A YOUNG refugee boy left his parents in Ukraine and walked 600 miles on his own to safety with a phone number written on his hand.
The 11-year-old from Zaporizhzhya has been branded a ‘hero’ after crossing the border into Slovakia alone.
The Zaporizhzhya region is home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant which was damaged by Russian bombing, which could trigger the biggest radioactive leak in history.
Slovak authorities praised the boy for his bravery and said he only had a backpack, a plastic bag, a passport and a phone number written on his hand.
They added that volunteers were caring for the boy and bringing him food and drink.
“He won them all with his smile, fearlessness and determination, worthy of a true hero,” the Slovak Interior Ministry said in a statement.
The statement, posted on the ministry’s Facebook page, said that using the phone number on the boy’s hand and a piece of paper in his passport, staff were able to contact his relatives in Slovakia who later picked him up.
It comes as dozens of people were seen running for their lives after Russia again broke the ceasefire agreement.
At least eight people were killed in the strike, including a mother with her two children as civilians crossed a bridge to escape the shelling.
Russia previously broke the ceasefire in Mariupol where residents had to run for safety.
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Desperate residents were struggling with the fifth day without water or electricity after an evacuation failed, just as they did on Saturday.
People have been trying to get to the remains of a bridge leading to Kyiv over the Irpin River that Ukrainian forces blew up last week to block the Russian advance.
More than 1.2 million refugees have fled Ukraine according to the UN since the first day of the invasion, the majority arriving in Poland.
Others flee to Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova and Romania.
It comes as Priti Patel is set to offer a ‘humanitarian route’ to the UK for Ukrainian refugees trying to flee Putin’s invasion.
After a harrowing trip to the Ukrainian border, the Minister of the Interior wants to relax the rules.
Last night she told The Sun: “In response to the desperation I saw with my own eyes on the Polish border two days ago, I am urgently stepping up our response to the growing humanitarian crisis.
“I am now studying the legal options to create a humanitarian route.
“This means that anyone unrelated to the UK fleeing the conflict in Ukraine will have the right to come to this country. »
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