Women Give Birth As They Shelters From Russian B-o-m-b-a-r-d-m-e-n-t

Underground ʙᴏᴍʙ shelters in Ukraine are bearing witness to the miracle of new life amid Russia’s relentless ᴀssᴀᴜʟᴛ on the country.

A 23-year-old woman gave birth in a Kyiv subway station being used as a ʙᴏᴍʙ shelter as Russian air raids pummeled the capital city. According to Independent, baby Mia was born just before 8.30 pm on February 25 after the mother was assisted by on-duty police who heard her screams. One officer, Mykola Shlapak, said police helped the woman deliver the baby and called an ambulance, which took them both to hospital.

According to Shlapak, Mia and her mother have stayed at the hospital, and are doing well. A close-up photo of the newborn wrapped in a blanket was shared on Facebook by ᴜᴋʀᴀɪɴɪᴀɴ ᴘᴀʀʟɪᴀᴍᴇɴᴛ member Hannah Hopko who wrote: “Mia was born this night in a stressful environment—[the] ʙᴏᴍʙɪɴɢ of Kyiv. Her mother is “happy after this challenging birth” while the Ukrainian capital was being ʙᴏᴍʙᴇᴅ.

“When ᴘᴜᴛɪɴ ᴋɪʟʟs ᴜᴋʀᴀɪɴɪᴀɴs, we call mothers of Russia and Belarus to protest against ʀᴜssɪᴀ ᴡᴀʀ ɪɴ ᴜᴋʀᴀɪɴᴇ. We defend lives and humanity.”, she said.

Mia isn’t the only child born into the ᴡᴀʀ ʀᴜssɪᴀ is currently waging against its neighbor. New York Post reported that another woman gave birth to a baby girl in an underground maternity ward near the Gostomei Airfield. Ivan Korol, the father of the unnamed infant, shared a photo of himself cradling his new bundle of joy and the crowded makeshift ward to Facebook. “Last night under the roar in Gostomei, my wife gave birth to a daughter. Like a star in the dark in such a difficult time… Vikusya, you are amazing! Hero city Kyiv… Glory to Ukraine and our soldiers,”

Meanwhile, the Starobilsk Multidisciplinary Hospital also announced the birth of a third newborn. “Three ᴡᴀʀɴɪɴɢs ᴏғ ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ per day. In the morning, the sʜᴏᴏᴛɪɴɢ of a residential block next to the hospital. In the reception room – the injured… Meanwhile, in the basement of the maternity hospital, in conditions far from those that deserve a new life – a loud cry of a newborn…
It’s a boy!” the hospital wrote in the post, sharing gutwrenching photos and a video of the baby boy and his incredible mother.

Resharing the image of the new mom and her baby in the makeshift maternity ward, a member of ᴘᴀʀʟɪᴀᴍᴇɴᴛ called for urgent action. “Ukrainian mothers are now giving birth in shelters and metro stations during air ʀᴀɪᴅs. The Blitz of London 1940 is being repeated by ʀᴜssɪᴀ ɪɴ ᴜᴋʀᴀɪɴᴇ in 2022. ɴᴀᴛᴏ ᴍᴜsᴛ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ᴜᴀ ɴᴏ-ғʟʏ ᴢᴏɴᴇ,” tweeted Anastasia Radina, who heads the body’s ᴀɴᴛɪ-ᴄᴏʀʀᴜᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴍɪᴛᴛᴇᴇ.

References: her.womenworking, independent.co.uk, nypost.com, Facebook Іван Король, Facebook Старобільська багатопрофільна лікарня, Facebook Hanna Hopko, Twitter

Cover Image Source: (L) Facebook/Starobilsk Multidisciplinary Hospital, (R) Facebook/Hanna Hopko

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