Dozens of infants are being held in a basement used as a makeshift bomb shelter in the capital of Ukraine. The painful photos published by the Associated Press show “at least 20 babies born to surrogate mothers.”
The babies are motherless. They were all born to surrogate mothers with the intention of eventually making it to their foreign parents around the world; many of them in the United States.
The parents who hired the surrogate mothers are unable to travel to the war torn country and bring their babies home. “Some just a few days old, the infants are well cared for, but even below ground the blasts of occasional shelling can be heard clearly” reports the Associated Press.
The nurses at the center are taking care of the newborns, but they are also stranded in the shelter because it is too dangerous to return to their homes. 51-year-old nurse Lyudmilia Yashchenko said “now we are staying here to preserve our and the babies’ lives.”
Her two sons, ages 22 and 30, are fighting in the war. “We are almost not sleeping at all. We are working round the clock” she said. The Associated Press writes that Ukraine “has a thriving surrogate industry and is one of the few countries that allow the service for foreigners”
The parents for these babies live around the world. Yashchenko said the babies currently in hiding are waiting for parents from Europe, Latin America and China. She also would not say how many parents have been able to come to get their children, how many babies are still waiting for their parents, or how many surrogate women will be going into labor soon.
Yashchenko says plenty of baby supplies and food for the young charges exist currently, but they are waiting out the war, hoping the children can soon be picked up and taken home before they run out of supplies.
Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.
A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.
The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.
However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.
CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.
A @conflictarm field investigation team recently documented the electronic components of a North Korean ballistic missile recovered in Ukraine on 2 January 2024. CAR investigators documented over 290 components, mostly found in the missile’s navigation system.🧵 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/WxsedC18K6
— CAR (@conflictarm) February 20, 2024
The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”
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