London, Jan 03 (Agencies): Pop superstar Elton John's much publicised promise to help a young Ukrainian orphan is still unfulfilled, his relatives have claimed.

Lev, a 14-month-old boy, had bonded with the 'Candle In The Wind' hitmaker and his partner David Furnish during their visit to Ukraine and the gay couple had tried to adopt him.

But after their failure to do so they had pledged to find the child a home in his native country and send regular financial help. But Lev's grandmother, Yulia Ageyeva, 57, claims that the singer has forgotten his promise, reported Daily Mail online.

While the couple has become parents to a baby boy Zachary, who was born through a surrogate mother, Lev is still living in an orphanage in a bleak industrial town on the Russian border.

"I have not given up hope that Elton will fulfill his promise to help Lev and Artyom, but now he has his new American baby I doubt we will ever hear from him," she said.

Ukranian authorities refused Elton's bid to adopt saying that he was gay and at 63, too old to become a parent.

Lev was not officially ready for adoption as his alcoholic mother had not waived her parental rights. She however died in last August.

Ageyeva, who lives with her 61-year-old husband in a graffiti-scrawled, Soviet-built block in Mariupol has now applied to adopt her grandson. The courts will decide on the adoption this month.

Both the grandparents are retired factory workers surviving on meagre State pensions.