Holly Willoughby in floods of tears again over plight of Ukrainian children

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Watch: Holly Willoughby in floods of tears again over plight of Ukrainian children

Holly Willoughby broke down in tears live on TV for a second day running as she was moved by the plight of children fleeing the warzone in Ukraine.

The This Morning host was shown clasping a sodden handkerchief and became unable to control her emotions as she and Phillip Schofield discussed the story of an unnamed 11-year-old boy who travelled 600 miles across Ukraine alone, with his parent's phone number written on his hand.

Former Coronation Street star and TV presenter Nicola Thorp said: "I don't want to live in a world where this the best option for a child.

"Children should not be waiting at these borders, especially alone. There are human traffickers operating at the moment. I wish children could get here to the UK safely, and then we can grab that paperwork."

<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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talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer added: "A child travelling across a continent at 11-years-old, not knowing when he would see his family again or when he'd return to his homeland. I don't know about any other parent, but it breaks my heart."

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Willoughby was unable to speak and was shown nodding, sobbing and wiping away tears as Schofield said: "Let's leave it there for the moment," and cut to a commercial break.

This came a day after Willoughby and Schofield both became overwhelmed discussing a viral video of a young girl known as Amelia, singing 'Let It Go' in Ukrainian in a bomb shelter.

Watch: Holly Willoughby burst into tears watching Amelia sing Let It Go

After watching the clip of the young girl singing the hit song from Disney movie Frozen, Willoughby had remarked: "It's such innocence, isn't it?"

Royal correspondent and mother-of-three Camilla Tominey said: "I hadn't seen that before, actually. She's the age of my youngest daughter. It's awful."

Willoughby choked tearfully: "It's horrible," before an emotional Schofield introduced the ad break.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby in a This Morning promo photo (ITV)
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have struggled to cover the Ukraine crisis on 'This Morning'. (ITV)

The 41-year-old TV presenter - mother to 12-year-old Harry, 10-year-old Belle and seven-year-old Chester - recently confessed on social media she was struggling to explain the Ukraine crisis to her children.

She said: "How do I explain this to my children… I was asked questions last night I didn’t have the answers for…"

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Russia has announced it will hold fire and open humanitarian corridors in Ukrainian cities, allowing civilians from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol, and Sumy to leave and enter Russia and Belarus.

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

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