War in Ukraine: Trudeau replies to letter of maimed Donbas boy

13:03 Oct. 19, 2016

Trudeau replies to letter of maimed Donbas boy

A photo of Mykola (photo from facebook.com/HelpMykola)

Mykola lost three limbs and his brother in an explosion in Donbas

‘I was deeply moved by Mykola's letter. His positive attitude and courage are an inspiration to all of us', Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter after he received a letter from a Ukrainian boy, who had been maimed in the conflict zone in Donbas.

12-year-old Mykola now lives a life without both legs and his right hand, which he lost in August 2015, after the projectile, he and his friends came across in the Donetsk region, exploded, killing his little brother and wounding the other kids.

Mykola was then brought to Canada's Montreal, where he is now receiving medical treatment and learns to live with prosthetic devices.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, the boy thanked Canada for ‘giving him a chance to get back on his feet'.

‘Before, I didn't imagine how they are, these Canadians. Now the flags of Ukraine and Canada decorate my ‘new legs', almost like tattoos', Mykola wrote in the letter.

Some time later he received a reply from the Prime Minister, in which Trudeau praised the boy for his courage.

‘I can assure you that Canadians remain strongly committed to helping brave Ukrainians like you. The relationship you have developed with those who care for you in my hometown of Montreal is a great example of the powerful bond between Canadians and Ukrainians', Trudeau said. 

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