Ukrainian mom, who had to leave her adult children behind, brings stranger’s kids to safety

Powerful images continue to pour in from Ukraine following the Russian invasion. This one is of a mother who bravely crossed the border of the war-torn country and entered Hungary with a precious cargo that had been entrusted to her.

Nataliya Ableyeva arrived in Hungary clutching a mobile phone number of a woman she had never met as well as her children. It was while waiting at the border to find refuge on the other side, that Ableyeva met a desperate 38-year-old man, who happened to be from her hometown of Kamianets-Podilskyi.

With him were his two young children, a son, and a daughter. When the border guards would not allow him to pass, he handed his beloved kids to Ableyeva trusting her to keep them safe until their mother could get them. “Their father simply handed over the two kids to me, and trusted me, giving me their passports to bring them over,” recalled the 58-year-old woman while tightly holding the young boy she had met hours earlier.

She was almost at the border post moments away from reuniting with her children. 33-year-old Anna Semyuk arrived shortly after and immediately pulled her son into a warm embrace, She then went to tend to her daughter, who was lying in the back of a car, wrapped in a blanket due to exhaustion. Finally, the emotional mother thanked Ableyeva for safely bringing her two kids to her.

The two women embraced each other for several minutes before breaking down into tears. “All I can say to my kids now, is that everything will be alright. In one or two weeks, and we will go home,” shared Semyuk even as Russia shows no signs of putting an end to the violent invasion.

Cover image source: YouTube Screenshots | Guardian News

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