Children in Ukraine Pretend to Be Soldiers After Their Village Was Destroyed

May 29, 2022

When kids are surrounded by war, it’s no surprise they act out what they see.  Six-year-old Valentyn told CBS News that he and his friend Andrii want to protect what’s left of their Ukrainian neighborhood after Russian forces destroyed most of it. The boys have dug trenches, created missile launchers out of scrap pieces of wood, and have learned to salute. Likely the biggest trauma of their young lives is played out in violent games of make-believe. 

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