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Ukrainian father bids farewell to autistic son after he chose to stay to ‘protect the city’

Hoping that they will reunite soon.

Ever since Russia launched an all-out war attack on Ukraine 12 days ago, we have seen hundreds of civilians left dead or injured.

Ukrainians living in the capital city Kyiv have also evacuated to seek shelter in nearby countries such as Poland.

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On the Internet, we have also seen terrifying scenes of the war and heartbreaking clips of civilians saying goodbye to their beloved families to protect the city.

A tearful goodbye

One such instance was a 39-year-old father named Igor Kirienko who bade a tearful farewell to his family after choosing to stay and “protect the city”, reported Andolu Agency (AA).

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He reportedly sent off two of his own families, including his wife, ex-wife, two children, mother, aunt and mother-in-law in a train to a ‘safer place’.

Kirienko also tearfully told the news outlet that one of his sons was autistic, adding that “good will always triumph over evil.”
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I am staying here because we don’t want to live under Russia’s boot. We want a good life like everyone else,” he said.

Prior to the farewell, Kirienko said that he and his family had been staying in a school basement for the past seven days.

Read also: [VIDEO] Ukrainian Soldier Bidding His Last Farewell To His Daughter And Wife, Making Us Tear Up

Tip of the iceberg

CNN reported that Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered a general military mobilization where male citizens aged between 18-60 years old are now banned from leaving the country, forcing many families to be split.


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Editor: Sarah Yeoh