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Children with cancer trapped in Ukraine said bombs were fireworks to keep their spirits high in heartbreaking scenes

A Ukrainian mother cradles her cancer-stricken boy in a damp hospital basement and begs the world to save his life.

Yana Vorobiova is trapped in a prison with two-year-old Nikita and ten other children battling the disease City surrounded by Russian forces.

Eleven children are trapped in a war-ravaged city surrounded by marauding Russian forces

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Eleven children are trapped in a war-ravaged city surrounded by marauding Russian forces
Two-year-old Anna Shakhova is one of them

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Two-year-old Anna Shakhova is one of them

Medicines and food at her oncology ward are running out and attempts to evacuate the children on the street are thwarted by land mines and air raids.

Yana, who is in her 20s, pleaded: “We want to be taken to a safe place so we can continue his treatment. We must leave this city, which is being occupied more every day, every hour.”

The 11 being treated at the Chernihiv Regional Children’s Hospital oncology ward are rushed there improvised air-raid shelter every time there is a Russian attack.

Charity boss Sergey Zosimenko, who supports the hospital, told The Sun on Sunday: “When the sirens go off, we rush to hide the children in the basement.

“We pretend it’s a game for them. We try to keep their spirits high. If it’s rumbling outside, we’ll say it the Russians Celebrate with fireworks.”

On Friday, an airstrike destroyed a block of flats 500 meters away while children huddled in the basement.

Mama Yana said: “I don’t know how Nikita survives all this. Thankfully, he’s small and doesn’t quite understand what’s happening to him.

“He’s being pulled left and right, back and forth.” Nikita, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and the other children have been promised treatment in Poland and Italy if they can escape.

He has spent seven months at the clinic in the once-busy city of 285,000.

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When asked if she had any support from friends and family, Yana replied, “You know, the words ‘hang in there’ might make me throw up soon.

“What are you supposed to hold on to? We are in the final phase of treatment. We need to stop it so he can recover.

“And not just me, but all the mothers here have found out about their child’s diagnosis. Some are even worse off than us.

“They have already had chemotherapy and have low immunity.

“It is impossible to continue treatment under these conditions – in a basement.”

Others on the evacuation list are Valeria Livchanovska, 15, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, nine-year-old Vanya Chuhlibo and two-year-old Anna Shakhova.

When the sirens go off, we rush to hide the kids in the basement. We pretend it’s a game for them. We try to keep their spirits high. When it’s rumbling outside, let’s say the Russians celebrate with fireworks.

Head of Charity of Ukraine Sergey Zosimenko

But her hometown of Chernihiv, only 45 miles away Belarusian Edge is bordered on all sides.

They are believed to remain cut off in a city where at least 47 civilians died under fire Thursday and Friday. Russian forces indiscriminately target houses, a kindergarten and a market.

A 40-year-old resident, Svitlana, whose home is 50 meters from the children’s hospital, said she was hiding under her dining table with her two children, ages six and three, when the bombs fell.

She said: “There are no military targets here. There is only a cemetery, residential buildings, clinics and a hospital. Why are they bombing us?”

Serhiy, co-founder of the children’s charity EVUM, said on Friday morning that employees had made another attempt to evacuate the children.

But in the early hours of Saturday morning, he posted on Facebook: “Day 9 here at the hospital, we are waiting for the evacuation, we can’t wait any longer, the children’s health is deteriorating.

“We are all like family now and we do our best for them. The hospital staff have been doing the impossible for the children and those injured after the airstrike these days.”

Earlier on Sunday, speaking to The Sun, Serhiy asked the West to intervene before time runs out.

He said: “We are asking NATO to close the skies so we can evacuate.

“The children who receive chemotherapy are in a very difficult situation. Medicines, food and water are running out.”

Chernihiv is 90 miles northeast of Kyiv on a road to the Belarusian border. An earlier attempt to reach the Ukrainian capital by road this week was thwarted by Russian troops.

And all roads to and from Chernihiv were lined with explosives to defend the city.

Serhiy added: “The most important thing for us is to make it to Kyiv. From there, some of the children will be evacuated to Poland and others to Italy. Of course, evacuating them by air is much better. That’s why we urge people everywhere to urge their governments to urge NATO to close the airspace over Ukraine.”

Of the Russians targeting civilian areas, he said: “There were absolutely no military targets.

“The Russian state is like a malignant tumor that only stops if you kick it in the teeth.”

Yesterday morning, over a crackling phone line, Serhiy told us: “We are attempting an evacuation. I have to go.”

It’s 90 miles to Kyiv and another 370 miles through a war-torn country to reach the Polish border. A perilous journey where they might finally find peace and sanctuary.

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Tearful mother Yana Vorobiova, in her 20s, pleaded:'We want to be taken to a safe place'

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Tearful mother Yana Vorobiova, in her 20s, pleaded: ‘We want to be taken to a safe place’
Attempts to evacuate the children on the street are thwarted by landmines and airstrikes

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Attempts to evacuate the children on the street are thwarted by landmines and airstrikes
The city of Chernihiv, just 72 kilometers from the Belarusian border, is fenced off on all sides

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The city of Chernihiv, just 72 kilometers from the Belarusian border, is fenced off on all sides
The children are being treated at the oncology ward of the Chernihiv Regional Children's Hospital

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The children are being treated at the oncology ward of the Chernihiv Regional Children’s Hospital
Charity boss Sergey Zosimenko said:

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Charity boss Sergey Zosimenko said: “The Russian state is like a malignant tumor”

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