A Ukrainian soccer player has said his newborn daughter was delivered “to the sound of bombs and sirens” amid the ongoing Russian invasion. The child’s birth is just one of many births reported as Russia continues its sixth day of attacks.
Igor Litovka, a 33-year-old goalkeeper for the Desna Chernihiv football team in northern Ukraine, announced the birth of his daughter via Instagram on Sunday.
“Today, around 9:07 a.m. near Kiev, under the sound of bombs and sirens, a nice girl was born… alone in the center of our panicked capital!” Litovka wrote, according to Google Translate.
“I also want to say words of kindness to those who, after asking for help, responded to my situation,” her post continued.
Litovka’s Instagram post showed the baby wrapped in pink and white blankets while wearing a pink knit hat featuring Eeyore, Disney animation’s gray stuffed donkey. Winnie the Pooh series. The photo showed the child resting in a small crib inside what appeared to be a hospital.
The message also showed a blue card with the child’s name, birth weight and height.
Litovka has been playing for Desna Chernihiv football team since 2017. In October 2021, he was named by international betting site Parimatch as the best player in his team’s match against Oleksandriya football team. He also played for three years in the Ukrainian Premier League, the highest division of Ukraine’s annual football championship.
While Litovka’s daughter was apparently pictured in a hospital, other babies were born in Ukrainian bomb shelters amid the ongoing attack from Russia.
Last Friday, Hanna Hopko, the former deputy head of Ukraine, shared a photo via Twitter of a mother holding her newborn daughter. The girl was born in a subway station.
“Mia was born in a shelter last night in a stressful environment: the bombing of Kiev. Her mother is happy after this difficult delivery,” Hopko wrote. “When Putin kills Ukrainians, we call on the mothers of Russia and Belarus to protest against Russia’s war in Ukraine. We defend lives and humanity!”
On the same day, Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Liashko posted two photos on Facebook of two babies born in a bomb shelter in Kherson, Ukraine, Today.com reported.
“The third day of the war, which was started by the Russian occupiers, under the shelling and explosions, also erupts in the lives and cries of newborn Ukrainians,” Liashko wrote. “Two new lives that already have war in their genetic code. We and they will never forget, and we will never forgive!”
He wrote that Ukraine’s Health Ministry had tried to provide hospitals with medical supplies despite the ongoing attack.