Pregnant woman accused by Russia of faking injuries after bombing of maternity hospital in Ukraine during childbirth

A Ukrainian beauty blogger who was accused of faking wounds after a Russian bomb hit a maternity hospital gave birth.

Astonishing photos emerged on Wednesday of victims leaving medical centers following a bombardment by Russian forces in the besieged southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Marianna Podgurskaya was one of the women awaiting delivery at the hospital and was photographed pregnant with facial injuries as she descended the stairs in her teddy bear pajamas, clutching her bag of possessions.

Journalist and disinformation researcher Olga Tokariuk said she spoke to her relatives Podgurskaya, who confirmed she gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday night.

She tweeted: “I received an update from a relative of Marianna – a pregnant girl from the bombed hospital in Mariupol. They can reach her by phone shortly.

“Last night at 10 o’clock, Marianna gave birth to a baby girl! They are fine, but it is very cold in Mariupol and the bombing has not stopped.”


Marianna Podgurskaya. Photo: AP / Evgeniy Maloletka

Russia’s London embassy sparked outrage on Thursday after posting photos of Ms Podgurskaya on Twitter – one of her with blood and leaving the hospital and one of her holding products. beauty products – says she “played” pregnant women in the moment they were photographed by a “Propagandist”.

Nadine Dorries, UK culture secretary, was one of many who denounced the embassy’s tweet, calling it “fake news”.

In another related tweet, the Russian embassy in London said: “The maternity ward has been inactive for a long time. Instead, it is used by [Ukrainian] armed forces and radicals, namely the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion. Moreover, Russia warned the UN Security Council about this 3 days ago. Both tweets have now been deleted for violating Twitter’s community guidelines.

After the attack on the hospital – which is believed to have left at least three people dead and 17 others injured – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of war crimes and said “what is happening is a Ukrainian genocide.”

In response to accusations that Russia bombed a hospital filled with mothers and children, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference that the attack was justifiable.

With regard to the maternity hospital, this is not the first time we have witnessed acts of pathetic outrage related to the so-called atrocities perpetrated by the Russian military,” he said.

Lavrov also stated that there were no patients in the hospital at the time of the bombing and that Ukrainian forces had taken over the hospital.

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