“I want to play football in Mariupol”: a 6-year-old boy wrote a touching letter to Boris Johnson
Illia Kostushevych is from Mariupol. His parents were killed in a rocket attack by Russian troops on the city: the street and the area where they lived were destroyed. The boy was rescued from the blockade by volunteers and is currently cared for by the family of Mariia and Volodymyr Bespalyi from Sloviansk.
Illia decided to reply to the open letter that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently wrote to Ukrainian children. He told Johnson about his love for football, his hometown, and cats. He greeted the British children and thanked them for their help to Ukraine. The boy also drew a big Ukrainian flag and attached it to the letter with a photo of him and his cat.
The full letter is the following:
“Dear Boris Johnson! I want the war to end soon so that people don’t die anymore. I want to play football at home in Mariupol. I would like all the children of the world not to have a war. Greetings to all the children in Britain, thank you for helping us. We will win! I have a cat named Frosia. I am sending you the flag of Ukraine that I drew. I hug you tightly.
Illia, 6 years old.”