Last Wednesday’s deliberate bombing attack on Mariupol’s maternity hospital was one of the most horrendous.These 20 days of military interventions saw Russian troops attacking the civilian population. Seventeen people sustained injuries in the “heinous”, shelling that took place in the port. Journalists from the Associated Press were present at the scene They documented the presence and treatment of the injured in a series photographs and videos.
Yesterday, it was revealed that one of the pregnant women who had been transported on a stretcher and whose image spread around the globe, died from the attack. Her injuries were too severe for doctors to save her life or that of her baby. Timur Marin (a surgeon), quoted the AP as saying that the woman’s pelvis was crushed and her hip had been removed. The doctors attempted to save the baby.
After realizing that she was failing, the woman shouted at the doctors, “Kill moi!” The baby was delivered by caesarean section but the doctors did not see any signs of life. The doctors tried for 30 minutes to revive her mother, but with no success. They were unable to save her. Doctors couldn’t get her name out of the chaos and shelling that followed the airstrike. They know that her husband and father have recovered the bodies. This means that they were not buried in any of the mass graves scattered around the city, which now has more than 2,000 people inside. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Ministry, admitted that the hospital was deliberately targeted because it had been used long-term by “Ukrainian extremists” and any image or video of the wounded had been “manipulated.” Later, the Russian Embassy in Britain claimed that the videos had been staged and that the women were being paid to do makeup. Twitter removed the tweet following the outrage. It is one of many examples where Russia has denied it is actually killing civilians. Ironically, many of the victims are located in areas that have had a large Russian speaking and ethnic Russian population in the past. Russians who support the invasion in Ukraine appear to consider civilian deaths fake news.
Another woman seen leaving hospital following shelling gave birth last week to a girl. This is a sign of hope for many Ukrainians living in the darkness and cynicism that Russia’s constant onslaught. Marianna Vishegirskaya, a beauty blogger, was still wearing her polka dots pajamas while speaking to AP reporters. She had her daughter Veronica with her. She reported that The attack on the hospital was “sudden and the pregnant women were lying down at the time that the glass, frames and windows were broken.” Russian propagandists used her photos to show that she was an actress. The video was also staged with injured women. They forgot to mention that she also documented her pregnancy on her popular Instagram.