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Ukraine: Mothers-to-be seek shelter from shelling in hospital basement01:09

Ukraine: Mothers-to-be seek shelter from shelling in hospital basement

Ukraine, Donetsk
August 10, 2014 at 14:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

The basement of the Vishnevskiy maternity ward in Donetsk was cramped on Sunday, as more than fifty pregnant women and medical staff took shelter to escape continuous shelling above.

A maternity nurse working in the Vishnevskiy Hospital said that staff and patients occasionally run from the basement to the ward to use the bathroom, eat and grab necessities, but then immediately flee back down when the shelling resumes.

In the last four days, three children were born in the hospital. Government authorities have tried arranging transportation for the mothers and mothers-to-be to bring them to safer locations.

Ukraine: Mothers-to-be seek shelter from shelling in hospital basement01:09
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The basement of the Vishnevskiy maternity ward in Donetsk was cramped on Sunday, as more than fifty pregnant women and medical staff took shelter to escape continuous shelling above.

A maternity nurse working in the Vishnevskiy Hospital said that staff and patients occasionally run from the basement to the ward to use the bathroom, eat and grab necessities, but then immediately flee back down when the shelling resumes.

In the last four days, three children were born in the hospital. Government authorities have tried arranging transportation for the mothers and mothers-to-be to bring them to safer locations.