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Ukrainian who walked 140 miles to safety to feature in London exhibition

Story of Igor Pedin’s escape from Mariupol is one of about a dozen in an exhibition entitled What Would You Take?

The secret to Igor Pedin’s survival had been his invisibility, the 61-year-old had said.

With his dog, Zhu-Zhu, the former ship’s cook banked on being ignored by the trigger-happy Russian soldiers and their killing machines when he took the first step of a 140-mile journey from his home in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on 23 April, before stealing out into the badlands of Russian-occupied territories towards the relative safety in the city of Zaporizhzhia.

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