A makeshift bomb shelter was made to accommodate newborn babies at a hospital in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro as Russian forces invaded the country.
Naija News reports that dozens of infants looked after in the neonatal unit were caught on camera being hustled away into what appeared to be a storage room in the basement of the hospital, in the eastern part of the country.
Amongst other caregivers who were mostly nurses could be seen caring for the babies with several of them holding them in their arms, cradling them, some even managing to put up with a smile.
For the babies who were having difficulty breathing, the nurse used inflatable bags to deliver air to them.
Different colored blankets were used to wrap the babies, who looked to be ranging from hours old to only a few days in the makeshift beds.
‘This is the NICU. In a bomb shelter. Can you imagine? This is our reality,” said Dr. Denis Surkov, chief of the neonatal unit, at Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Children’s Clinical Hospital to the New York Times
For their safety, the babies were taken to the makeshift bomb shelter after the Ukrainian city was struck by missiles as Russia invaded the country early Thursday morning.
Dnipro was among more than a dozen cities and towns shelled by Russia on Thursday, 24 February.
Missiles hit targets in Dnipro, Kharkiv, and a number of other places.
Russian forces are said to have destroyed more than 70 military targets in Ukraine, 11 airfields among them, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed in a statement on Thursday.