Ukrainian boys life saved by passport after being hit by shrapnel in shelling

A 16-year-old boy’s life has reportedly been saved by his passport after his Ukrainian city was attacked by shelling from Russian troops.

The young boy was in the city of Mariupol when he was injured as Russia continued its attacks on Ukrainian cities.

According to reports, the young boy was hit with shrapnel, which could have been fatal, but it became lodged into his passport instead of hitting him.

However, the boy was still injured and has since had surgery.

The official Twitter account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted about the boy, along with a picture of the shrapnel-damaged passport.

The tweet said: “A piece of shrapnel stuck in Ukrainian passport. It saved life (sic) of the 16 year old boy. The boy is in surgery now. Shelling of the city continues.”

A number of Twitter users commented on the post, calling the incident a “miracle” and “a sign that Ukraine is invincible”.

One user commented: “A Ukrainian passport you have to keep close to your heart.”

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Another said: “That is a holy relic. Preserve it for future generations. We pray for the child and all of Ukraine.”

Many others simply wished to pass on their hopes that the boy makes a speedy recovery from his injuries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has continued with his attacks following his invasion of the country last Thursday.

Russia launched its most intensive bombardment on Kharkiv, whose centre has been turned into a bombed-out wasteland of ruined buildings and debris.

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The roof of a police building in the centre of the city collapsed as it was engulfed in flames.

Authorities said 21 people were killed by shelling and airstrikes in the city in the past 24 hours, and four more on Wednesday morning.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, the RIA news agency reported.

Lavrov has said that Russia would face a "real danger" if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons.

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