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Ukraine miracle: Baby born in Kyiv bomb shelter in triumph of life over death


Last week, Russian forces invaded Ukraine. In the process, Russian troops have been specifically targeting residential areas, killing and injuring many and sending countless others fleeing underground, into subways-turned-bomb shelters. Yet in the midst of all the fear and death, there was a tiny miracle: the birth of a healthy baby.

Hanna Hopko, a former member of the Ukrainian Parliament, posted about the joyous news on Facebook, including a picture of the newborn. “Mia was born this night in stressful environment – bombing of Kyiv,” she wrote. “Her mom is happy after this challenging birth giving and immediately departing to shelter.”

The 23-year-old mother was reportedly assisted by police, who rushed to help after hearing her screams. After the delivery in the bomb shelter, both mother and baby were taken to the hospital, where they are said to be doing well.

According to the New York Post, the father of baby Mia is Ivan Korol, who also shared the news on social media. “Last night, under the roar in Gostomel and the curling of cheese my wife gave birth to me a daughter!” he wrote. “Like a star in the dark in such a difficult time.. Vikusya, you are amazing!”

Unsurprisingly, the news has been received positively from people desperate for a glimmer of good news. “Your birth is hope in this dismal time,” one woman said, according to the Daily Mail.

Yet baby Mia wasn’t the only baby born in these circumstances. Another baby was born in the basement of a maternity ward. “In conditions, far from those who deserve a new life – the voice of the newborn,” the doctor shared. “It’s a boy!”

While the news of these healthy babies has been welcomed with joy, Hopko warned that circumstances could worsen as Russian forces continue to bomb civilians, retweeting a warning from Olena Halushka, a Ukrainian activist. “Maternity hospitals in Ukraine now need to move underground as Putin’s animals massively shell civilians,” she wrote, sharing a picture of maternity staff attending to babies in bassinets. “This is Kharkiv. I am terrified to think what if newborn babies need intensive care & how it could be provided in basements.”

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