Back in his mother’s arms: Emotional moment Ukrainian boy, 12, embraces his mum for the first time in months in surprise reunion after he was sent to Spain due to Russian invasion
- Viedoe captures moment a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy was reunited with mother
- The two had been separated after the boy moved to Spain to live with his aunt
- His mother is shown surprising him after football practice on a sports field
This is the touching moment a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy was reunited with his mother who travelled more than 5,600 miles to see him after they were separated by war.
The boy, who has been named only as Oleksandr, has been living in Cordoba, Spain, with his aunt and a Spanish tutor, since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He had not seen his mother since then because she had stayed in Ukraine along with her other adult son.
The footage shows the moment his mother, who has not been named, surprised him after practice on a sports field.
This is the touching moment a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy is reunited with his mother after the two were separated by the war, surprising him after practice on a sports field
The two embrace as soon as the 12-year-old recognises his mother. He had not seen her since then because she had stayed in Ukraine along with her other adult son
The boy, named only as Oleksandr, has been living in Spain, with his aunt and a Spanish tutor, since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
The Ukrainian mum is shown looking her son full on after the hug. She had travelled more than 5,600 miles from the Polish border to see him
She can be seen walking towards him with her arms outstretched, and for a moment, he does not appear to believe his eyes.
Then suddenly, he hurries over and hugs her tightly.
He reportedly said: ‘I don’t believe it, it’s a dream.’
The people filming stay at a distance and give them that space but they can be heard clapping and cheering at the sight of the tender reunion.
Jorge Hernandez, the president of CD Juanin y Diego, where Oleksandr plays football, told local media that Oleksandrde’s aunt has lived in Spain for years.
Speaking about the mother’s journey to see her son, he added: ‘It was a three-day trip by van and more than 5,600 miles from the Polish border.’
The CD Juanin y Diego football club said in a statement: ‘Our child football player Oleksandr received the Christmas present that he had been asking for for so many months, his mother.
‘Separated by the war and after a hard journey, the reunion took place. Images that make us value what is truly important.’
In March, a 11-year-old boy braved a 600-mile journey from southeastern Ukraine to the Slovakian border by himself to become reunited with his mother.