Ukraine girl who sang 'Let It Go' in bunker reaches safely in Poland

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Watch: Amelia, aged seven, sings Let It Go in bomb shelter in Ukraine

The young girl who melted hearts across the world singing Let It Go in a bomb shelter in Ukraine has reached Poland safely.

Named as Amelia Anisovych, aged seven, she went viral on social media after a video was shared of her singing the hit song from Disney movie Frozen in a Kyiv bunker, where she spent six days before making the two-day journey across the boarder to safety.

Her mother Lilia Anisovych, 39, told The Sun: "I always knew Amelia was very talented and a sweet angel and now the whole world knows the same. But it is a tragedy that she is only a star because of so much death and destruction.

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"We were down there for a whole week with not enough food. To go to the toilet we had to run upstairs as his missiles were flying overhead.

<p>Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield became tearful discussing the crisis in Ukraine and were forced to cut to a commercial break.</p>
<p>The <em>This Morning </em>hosts were discussing a video that has gone viral on social media of a young girls singing <em>Let It Go</em> in Ukrainian in a bomb shelter with fellow presenters Gyles Brandreth and Royal correspondent Camilla Tominey.</p>
<p>As the TV presenters became overwhelmed Schofield said:
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"The children were terrified. But the video shows the world is united and stands with us and that gives us hope."

Amelia and her brother Misha, 15, have now travelled to Poland with their grandmother while Lilia and their father Roman, 36, remain in war-torn Ukraine.

Lilia said: "I was so sad to wave goodbye to my children but it was the best thing to do to make sure they are safe.

Written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Idina Menzel. (Disney)
Menzel sings 'Let It Go' as Elsa in 'Frozen'. (Disney)

"Children should be free to play and be happy and sing songs from Frozen - but Putin has made it so they are cowering in terror in underground bunkers."

Russian president Vladimir Putin began the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, prompting hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to attempt to flee the country.

The video was filmed and posted on social media by mother-of-two Marta Smekhova, 45, who talked to Amelia as she and the other families sheltered from the bombs.

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'Frozen' star Idina Menzel is among those to have been touched by Amelia's performance. (Getty Images)

She posted: "From the first word in the bomb shelter came complete silence. Everyone put their business aside and listen to a song by this girl who was just beaming light. Even men couldn't hold back the tears."

Frozen star Idina Menzel shared her support for Amelia after seeing the video.

Menzel, who voices Elsa in the Frozen films, shared the video on Twitter and wrote: "We see you. We really, really see you," along with a blue and yellow heart representing the colours of the Ukraine flag.

The 50-year-old West End star was born in New York but her grandparents emigrated to the US from Russia. She has a 12-year-old son.

And Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who composed the song with her husband Robert Lopez, also praised Amelia's performance.

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She tweeted: "Dear Little Girl with the beautiful voice, My husband and I wrote this song as part of a story about healing a family in pain. The way you sing it is like a magic trick that spreads the light in your heart and heals everyone who hears it. Keep singing! We are listening!"