Heartbreaking footage of newborns in a makeshift bomb shelter at Ukraine’s Children’s Hospital in a rain of Putin’s rockets
- Newborns from the neonatal intensive care unit of the children’s hospital in Dnipro in eastern Ukraine were transferred to a makeshift bomb shelter.
- The video was filmed by medical personnel on the lower level of the building on Thursday.
- About a dozen babies could be seen wrapped in blankets, some of them in a cradle.
- Dnipro was the target of missile strikes when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began
Newborns in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro were caught on camera as they were taken to a makeshift bomb shelter at the hospital where they were born.
About a dozen babies cared for in the neonatal ward were hastily moved to what turned out to be a warehouse in the basement of a hospital in the eastern part of the country.
Nurses take care of the babies, some of them hold them in their arms, cradling them, and some even smile.
Others could be seen using inflatable bags to deliver air to toddlers who were having difficulty breathing.
Newborns from the neonatal intensive care unit of the Dnepropetrovsk Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital (pictured) in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine, were transferred to a makeshift bomb shelter.
The photo shows the corridors of the Dnepropetrovsk City Children’s Clinical Hospital (archive photo)
The babies, who appeared to be between hours and days old, were wrapped in colorful blankets and placed on makeshift beds.
Everyone seemed to be on their best behavior, no one cried as the camera moved around the room.
“This is the intensive care unit. In a bomb shelter. Can you imagine?’ Denis Surkov, head of the neonatal department at the Dnepropetrovsk Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital, told the New York Times in a text message. “This is our reality.”
The babies were taken to a makeshift bomb shelter after a Ukrainian city was hit with rockets when Russia invaded the country early Thursday morning.
“We were nervous, very confused,” said Dr. Surkov, 51.
Dnipro was among more than a dozen cities shelled by Russia on Thursday.
The missiles hit targets in the Dnieper, Kharkov and a number of other places.
Russian forces have destroyed more than 70 military installations in Ukraine, including 11 airfields, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday.
View of a damaged apartment building after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Kiev.