Ukrainian Refugee Children Applauded on First Day of School in Heart-Warming Video

Two Ukrainian children were applauded by their classmates as they started their first day at an Italian school, in a video that's going viral.

The moment the two children stepped into the building was recorded and shared on Twitter. It was first posted by user Chudouo on Sunday and has since been posted by other social media users. The video has so far been viewed over 400,000 times.

"Meeting of Ukrainian children at the Italian School," Twitter user Chudouo wrote as he shared the video, according to a Google translation.

"The video of Ukrainian children starting at their new school in Italy is [crying face] #LongLiveUkraine," Huffington Post journalist Nick Knudsen wrote as a caption as he posted the video.

In the video, the two children can be seen stepping through the doors of a building where children and teachers begin applauding.

Some of the children can also be seen waving Ukrainian flags and decorations can also be seen in the colors of Ukraine's flag, yellow and blue.

Students then come up to the two Ukrainian refugee children and lead them away into the school.

Since the conflict started, after Russia's military forces invaded Ukraine in late February, a refugee crisis has quickly gripped Europe.

More than 2 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began, with 1 million children estimated to be among them.

The United Nations refugee agency has said that there are a large number of children who have been attempting to leave the country unaccompanied.

The agency said last week that it was focusing on protecting child refugees who are at a heightened risk of violence, abuse and exploitation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has condemned Russia's military action repeatedly, most notably for the impact it has had on children.

While speaking to the British Parliament, last week, he said he will never forgive Russia for its actions.

"The scariest figure was the 50 Ukrainian children killed in 13 days of war. But then in an hour it became 52 children," he said.

"I will never forgive this. And I know that you will never forgive the occupiers."

Ukrainian forces have also accused Russian soldiers of shooting at fleeing civilians as they have attempted to leave their cities and the country.

"Today, during the evacuation of people from the occupied Demydiv, a policeman from Kyiv region, senior sergeant Oleksiy Ponomarenko, heroically died," Andriy Nebytoc, the police chief of the Kyiv region said in a Facebook post on March 9.

"The invaders opened fire in the direction of law enforcement officers and civilians.

"For the sake of saving people, Alexei paid with the most dear thing, his life.

"We are proud of the courage and self-sacrifice of the policeman, even the death of comrades will not stop us. We will continue to serve and protect, defend our Motherland and save people."

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Two Ukrainian refugee received a a warm welcome on their first day at an Italian school. The pair saw their classmates applaud them on their entry while also waving the Ukrainian flag. @CHUDOUO on Twitter