Heartbreaking viral image shows how a Ukrainian mother prepares her child in case she is orphaned

Heartbreaking viral image shows how a Ukrainian mother prepares her child in case she is orphaned
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Images from Ukraine depict the horror and tragedy Russia's invasion has caused Ukrainian families and one image of a mother preparing her child in the event they are orphaned is particularly haunting.

In an image shared on Twitter by Ukrainian journalist Anastasiia Lapatina, a mother wrote her child's name, date of birth, and family contact information in pen on her child's bear back in the event they are separated or her child becomes orphaned.

"Ukrainian mothers are writing their family contacts on the bodies of their children in case they get killed and the child survives. And Europe is still discussing gas," Lapatina said in the tweet.

The image was sourced from Sasha Makoviy a Ukrainian mother who shared the image on Instagram last week.

"In the photo of Virina's back on the first day of the war I signed her with my hands that were trembling," Makoviy's translated caption says. Makoviy revealed she eventually made a physical card with her child's information and contact information to put on her person.

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Since Russia's invasion, over four million Ukrainians have fled their home country to seek asylum in other countries, mainly women and children as men ages 18-60 are required to stay behind.

In the process, families are being forcibly split up leaving behind heartbreaking anecdotes and photos, like Makoviys.

Lapatina has continued using her platform to highlight the fear and sadness Ukrainian families are experiencing, especially that of mothers.

Makoviy posted an update informing followers that she and her daughter are safe in France and thankful for the volunteers who have helped them get to safety.

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