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2-yr-old Ukrainian evacuee girl enters kindergarten in Yokohama

YOKOHAMA -- A 2-year-old Ukrainian evacuee girl recently entered a kindergarten in this eastern Japan city.

    In this partially altered photo, Vladyslava, center, raises her hand as her name is called on her first day at a kindergarten in Yokohama's Minami Ward on May 16, 2022. (Mainichi/Yuki Miyatake)=Click/tap photo for more images.

    Nataliia Muliavka, 36, and her two daughters fled the Russian invasion of Ukraine and came to Japan. Her second daughter Vladyslava attended a kindergarten in Yokohama's Minami Ward for the first time on May 16. She initially cried for a while after her mom left, but she began to smile as she interacted with other children singing nursery rhymes and playing with toy blocks.

    The family fled Kremenchuk, located along the Dnieper River in central-eastern Ukraine, on March 26, and now live in their relative's apartment in Yokohama. After an introduction by the relative's acquaintance in the same housing complex, the kindergarten decided to accept Vladyslava.

    "I'm glad she could enter the kindergarten because she could not make friends before, has few toys and we tend to stay at home," Nataliia said. "I hope she will soon get accustomed to life in Japan."

    (Japanese original by Yuki Miyatake, Photo Group)

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