During the next week the rough sleepers shared their small amounts of food with the dumped boys and kept an eye on them to prevent them from hurting themselves, according to local media. On August 26 a female passerby, Olena Tashevska, accidentally spotted the toddlers among the tramps and alerted the police.
She said: “I had leisure time and went to the Dnipro river. I was looking for a place to sunbathe when I stumbled on the hobos’ camp.
“I was terrified to see two little boys lying there on filthy blankets. They were naked and extremely dirty.