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Boris Johnson writes open letter to children of Ukraine, saying: ‘You are not alone’ | World news

Boris Johnson wrote an open letter to the children of Ukraine, praising them as role models for children and adults everywhere, telling them “we in the UK will never forget you”.

He writes that “every other year, kids like you would play from your homes and schools to play with your friends, to play football … to just enjoy what should be a unique carefree time in your life.

“This is obviously not another year,” he adds.

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The letter references his journey to Kiev to meet Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy in April, when he praised the “resolute leadership” and “invincible heroism” of the Ukrainian president.

He reiterates this praise for the children of Ukraine and asks them to keep two things in mind, in the first place that they should be incredibly proud “of your country, your parents, your families and your soldiers, and especially proud of yourself” .

“Many of you have seen or experienced things that no child should witness,” the letter states.

“Yet, every day Ukrainian children teach us all what it means to be strong and worthy, to keep your head high even in the most difficult times. I can not think of a better role model for children and adults anywhere.”

According to UNICEF, two million children have been forced to flee Ukraine, more than half of them coming to Poland, with another 2.5 million children internally displaced.

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‘Ukraine will win this war’

“And the second thing is that you are not alone,” the letter adds.

“You can be separated from your friends at home, but you have millions of others all over the world.

“Here in the UK, we fly Ukrainian flags from our homes, offices, churches, shops and playgrounds, even from my own roof in Downing Street, where the windows are full of sunflowers drawn by British children.

“Our young people paint your flag in their classrooms and make blue and yellow bracelets to support your country.

“I believe, like your President, that Ukraine will win this war. I hope with all my heart that one day you will soon be free to return to your homes, your schools, your families.

“And no matter what happens, no matter how long it takes, we in the UK will never forget you, and will always be proud to call you our friends,” the letter concludes.

Boris Johnson writes open letter to children of Ukraine, saying: ‘You are not alone’ | World news

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