War in Ukraine: Mariupol pregnant woman gave birth

WAR IN UKRANE – In pajamas and her face in blood after the bombing of a children’s hospital in Mariupol on Wednesday, March 9, Mariana Vishegirskaya, despite herself, found herself at the heart of a war of disinformation, with the Russians claiming she was an influencer who posed as a pregnant woman.

She eventually gave birth to a “healthy” girl. The young woman gave birth after the attack that destroyed the hospital, her niece, who is currently in Turkey, told local media. BBC this Saturday March 12.

Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, clarified that the little girl’s name was Veronika. Photo of the child with his parents in hand, he denounced the lies of Russia. “Mariana, the pregnant woman, gave birth to a healthy daughter last night, the ambassador explained on Friday. Her name is Veronica. Here he is with his father. Despite the Russian lies about her, her family and the incident.”

As images of the children’s hospital destroyed by shelling and the evacuation of civilians from the scene circulated, the Russian embassy in the UK shared a conspiracy theory on social media. In a tweet, which was deleted by Twitter for breaking the rules, she claimed Mariana Vishegirskaya was an actress and that the attack was staged.

“There were no children or mothers in Mariupol’s maternity ward, expelled by neo-Nazi fighters from the ‘Azov’ regiment who use hospitals as human shields,” Russia’s representation in France also stated without proof. The “photos of the victims” are fake, which is proven by many sources.”

Mariana Vishegirskaya harassed on Instagram

The attack in Mariupol killed three people, including a young girl, and led to international condemnation.

If Mariana Vishegirskaya is indeed a Ukrainian beauty influencer, she shared images of her big belly and her happiness to be pregnant to her subscribers on her Instagram account in January. Since the false information campaign, the young woman has been harassed on social networks and her Instagram account has been flooded with hateful messages.

On Thursday, Ukrainian human rights activist Oleksandra Matviichuk recalled that the young woman, “who is being harassed on Instagram,” is “one of the women in Mariupol’s maternity ward bombed by the Russians”. “His face appeared in media around the world today, she added. If you can write messages of support, that would be the right decision. We will pass your comments on to him.”

Mariupol, a strategic port that has been besieged for decades and constantly bombed by the Russians, is in an “almost hopeless” situation, the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned. “Hundreds of thousands of people” live there without water, without heating, and according to an official report, 1,582 have been killed since the war in Ukraine began.

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