Ukraine Child’s Heart-Melting Reaction As Soldier Mom Returns
Photos and videos of soldiers returning home after days of war and areas of conflict are always special. Adding to the list of such heartwarming images, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister shared a video of a soldier returning home in the midst of a Russian invasion and receiving a warm welcome from a child, perhaps her son.
The footage begins with the soldier getting out of a car outside her house as a child waits at the gate. The baby was holding his face in his arms, seemingly so happy to have his mother back without knowing how to react in that special moment. The soldier holds the child in his arms. Their pet, equally excited, is seen jumping around them.
Sharing the video, Mr. Gerashchenko said, “This is what we are fighting for.”
This is what we are fighting for. pic.twitter.com/nX6Lxd3sN6
– Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) July 19, 2022
Responding to the video, one user said: “This short video fills my heart with happiness!”
This short video fills my heart with happiness!
– Fueled By Coffee ???????? (@CitiMutts) July 19, 2022
Another noted, “I think how worried my 6-year-old is when my wife isn’t around and it breaks my heart when kids in Ukraine have to deal with this.”
I think how worried my 6 year old will be when my wife is not around and what breaks my heart when kids in Ukraine have to deal with this.
– Michael???????????????????????????????????????????? ???? (@seattlecynic) July 19, 2022
“Oh my. I hope doggie dogs get their hugs too,” one comment read.
Oops, I hope the doggie gets their hug too
– Defend Ukraine (@down_with_putin) July 20, 2022
Sharing a similar experience, one person said, “It’s heartwarming – but there’s also a lump in my throat. When my husband returned home from deployment for missing 9 months of Little Quidamity Quokkas’ life, she wouldn’t give him the cuddles she gave the local postman. She doesn’t know him. Those sacrifices are reflected here.”
That was heartwarming – but also a lump in the throat. When my husband comes home from deployment for missing 9 months of Little QuidamityQuokkas life, she won’t give him the cuddles she gave the local postman???? She doesn’t know him. Those sacrifices are reflected here xx
– TheQuidamityQuokka (@pombearinoz) July 20, 2022
Earlier, Mr. Gerashchenko shared another video of a Ukrainian soldier returning to his family. The soldier is seen greeting his family with flowers, tears and smiles.
Father returned after the war – 2. pic.twitter.com/iOZORtnUSL
– Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) July 9, 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February of this year and has displaced thousands of Ukrainians even as the country continues to fight bravely.