“Blood started to flow, I thought it was her blood” – the new mother describes the horror when she and her little baby were hit by an explosion in Kyiv

A 27-year-old Ukrainian woman has described the moment when a rocket attack near her home in Kyiv nearly killed her six-week-old baby, whom she managed to protect from shrapnel.

Iga, who did not reveal her last name, said she had just woken up to feed baby Victoria and covered her with a blanket when the missile struck.

She said she thought her baby had been hit when she first saw blood spurting out.

“I was injured in the head and blood started to flow. And it all went down to the baby,” she told Reuters.

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“I couldn’t understand it, I thought it was her blood.”

When she started screaming that her baby had been beaten, Dmytro, the baby’s father, said: “Olga, it’s your blood, it’s not hers.”


Olga, a 27-year-old Ukrainian who was seriously injured while protecting her baby from shrapnel blasts during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, holds her baby Victoria at the Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv. Image: Reuters

She said the blanket protected her child from the shrapnel.

“And that kept the baby alive. I covered them just in time. And then Dmytro jumped up and covered us too,” she said.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the invasion Ukraine to “demilitarize” and “denazify” the country and warned against Western interference.

The United Nations estimates that around 10 million people, a quarter of Ukraine’s population, have either fled, been internally displaced or become refugees abroad since Russian forces first invaded the country.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Sunday that 3,389,044 Ukrainians have fled across the country’s borders since Russia invaded.

Ninety percent of them were women and children.

In addition, the latest UN estimates suggest that around 6.5 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced since the fighting began.

The war has killed at least 847 civilians and injured 1,399 as of Friday, according to the organization.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has also claimed 112 children were killed in the violence.

With the month-long anniversary of Russia’s invasion approaching this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned of a “World War III” if talks with Russia fail to bring peace. “Blood started to flow, I thought it was her blood” – the new mother describes the horror when she and her little baby were hit by an explosion in Kyiv

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