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Dad speaks out after daughter, 8, ‘marries and moves in’ with boy, 13, causing outrage in Ukraine

The father of an eight-year-old influencer who caused outrage in Ukraine for staging a marriage and moving in with a boy, 13, has broken his silence.

Milana ‘Mila’ Maxanets made the headlines for starting a high-profile relationship with 13-year-old influencer Pavel ‘Pasha’ Pai, with her mother’s consent.

Now the girl’s dad, who is divorced from her mother Daria Maxanets, has revealed he is “shocked” by the romance and his ex’s support for it.

He said he was trying to get in touch with his daughter and offer his help, adding: “I am really shocked at what’s going on. This is all, to put it mildly, very wrong.”

Ukrainian influencer and model Mila Maxanets. Credit: @milamaxanets/Newsflash/Australscope

After rumours surfaced that the two children had started living together, Daria said: “Milana said in a post that she was going to sleep over with Pasha. It was a family visit. We are all friends.”

According to the local news site Kyiv VGorode, the mother does not see anything wrong with the children’s relationship and encourages them to pose for content that many consider being inappropriate.

Netizens were outraged by the pair being portrayed like an adult couple, with many people claiming a moral line has been crossed with Daria and the boy’s parents reportedly supportive of the relationship.

The pair’s relationship has caused outrage in Ukraine.
The pair’s relationship has caused outrage in Ukraine. Credit: @pasha_pai/Newsflash/Australscope

Lawyer and Criminologist Anna Malyar said on Facebook that the parents are behaving negligently towards their children.

Malyar said: “The girl has millions of subscribers on various social networks who constantly follow her as an idol. So there is a risk that they will begin to imitate their idol and become easy prey for paedophiles.”

She added: “This absolutely goes against the normal sexual development of children.”

The underage couple publishes photos of them together on social networks without oversight from any adults.
The underage couple publishes photos of them together on social networks without oversight from any adults. Credit: @pasha_pai/Newsflash/Australscope

The underage couple publishes photos of them together on social networks without oversight from any adults.

A growing number of social media users are calling on the authorities to step in and take the children into care and to block the young couple’s social media accounts.

Mila currently has over 500,000 followers on Instagram alone while her ‘boyfriend’ Pavel has 82,000.

Local news site Eadaily said the minors “married” each other in a pretend ceremony which their parents encouraged as they believed the story would generate a lot of income on social media.

According to reports, children’s ombudsman Nikolai Kuleba reported the incident to the public prosecutor’s office, the cyber police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the police have since opened an investigation.

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