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.
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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