To Defenders of Freedom

18-year-old Viacheslav Yalov from Donbas became the guardian of his four brothers and sisters after their mother died from an enemy shell

On March 15, Viacheslav’s mother died in his arms. Enemy shells exploded nearby, and when the boy finally reopened his eyes, his mother said her last words: “I’m fine.” The next day the family took an evacuation train from Verkhniotoretske to Drohobych in the Lviv oblast.

Today, 18-year-old Viacheslav is the guardian of his two younger sisters and two younger brothers. The second week after they moved, the boy enrolled the children in school. Now they live in a dormitory and their older brother cooks for the family. The city council helps the family with their documents. Although Viacheslav cannot without tears recall his mother’s horrible death, he plans to work and take care of his brothers and sisters.

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