As Russian forces attack city after city, making their way to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, videos posted to social media late this week showed newborn babies in the eastern part of the country being moved into makeshift bomb shelters.
“This is the NICU — in a bomb shelter,” explained Dr. Denis Surkov, chief of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Children’s Clinical Hospital in Dnipro. “Can you imagine?”
The doctor went on to tell The New York Times they were nervous and very confused.
Videos emerging online showed the NICU babies laid out in rows, wrapped snuggly in blankets, surrounded by medical gear and cradled by hospital staff huddled in a small room.
Russian forces launched missile strikes on Dnipro Thursday morning. Residents in the Ukrainian city have since come together, many donating blood to soldiers fighting Russian forces.
Others are — like the residents of cities across the sovereign nation of Ukraine — seeking shelter anywhere they can, many fearing what could come next.
As Faithwire previously reported, one heartrending video making an impact on viewers around the globe is that of a Ukrainian man tearfully telling his young daughter goodbye, presumably sending her and her mother off to safety as he remains behind to fight for his country.
While not much is known about the man, the clip is certainly representative of the grim reality of so many in Ukraine.
The footage circulated after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced men ages 18 to 60 must remain inside the country in case they are called upon to fight Russian forces.
As Russian troops advance toward Kyiv, Zelenskyy — a target of Russian President Vladimir Putin — released a stark statement, telling the watching world they have been left to fight for their sovereignty alone.
“Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone,” said the Ukrainian leader. “Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee of NATO membership? Everyone is afraid.”
“We’re defending our country alone,” he continued. “The most powerful forces in the world are watching this from a distance. Did yesterday’s sanctions impress Russia? We hear in the sky above us and on our land that it’s not enough.”
Please continue to pray for the situation in Ukraine.
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