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Refugee boy, 11, leaves his parents in Ukraine and travels 600 miles alone to safety with a phone number in hand

A YOUNG refugee boy left his parents in Ukraine and traveled 600 miles alone to safety with a phone number on his hand.

The 11-year-old from Zaporizhzhya was branded a ‘hero’ after crossing the border into Slovakia alone.

The 11-year-old fled Ukraine alone

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The 11-year-old fled Ukraine aloneSource: Facebook / Ministerstvo vnútra SR
He had a phone number written on his hand

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He had a phone number written on his handSource: Facebook / Ministerstvo vnútra SR
The boy was cared for by volunteers

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The boy was cared for by volunteersSource: Facebook / Ministerstvo vnútra SR

The Zaporizhzhya region is home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which was damaged by Russian shelling – something that could trigger the largest radiation leak in the history.

Slovakian authorities have praised the boy for his bravery, saying he only had a backpack, a plastic bag, a passport and a phone number on his hand.

They added that volunteers were taking care of the boy and providing him with food and drink.

“He won them all with his smile, fearlessness and determination worthy of a true hero,” Slovakia’s Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The statement published on the ministry’s Facebook page said that thanks to the phone number on the boy’s hand and a note in his passport, staff were able to contact his relatives in Slovakia, who later came to pick him up.

It comes as dozens were seen running for their lives to Russia broke the armistice agreement anew.

At least eight people were killed in the strike, including a mother and her two children, as civilians ran across a bridge to escape the bombardment.

Russia earlier broke the armistice in Mariupol where the residents stayed behind in search of a shelter.

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It comes as:

Desperate residents struggled with it fifth day without water and electricity after an evacuation failed, same as Saturday.

People have been trying to get to the remains of a bridge leading to Kyiv across the Irpin River, which Ukrainian forces blew up last week to stem Russian advances.

According to the United Nations, over 1.2 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the first day of the invasion, most of whom have arrived in Poland.

Others flee to Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova and Romania.

Priti Patel wants to offer a “humanitarian route” to the UK for Ukrainian refugees trying to flee Putin’s invasion.

After a harrowing journey to the Ukrainian border The interior minister wants to relax the rules.

She told The Sun last night: “In response to the desperation I saw with my own eyes at the Polish border two days ago, I am urgently escalating our response to the growing humanitarian crisis.

“I am now investigating the legal possibilities of creating a humanitarian route.

“It means that anyone with no ties to Britain who is fleeing the conflict in Ukraine has the right to come to this nation.”

Zaporizhzhya is home to Europe's largest nuclear power plant

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Zaporizhzhya is home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant
Harrowing photos showed people running for their lives

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Harrowing photos showed people running for their lives

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