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Caught in conflict: Сritically ill baby stuck in Ukraine’s Slavyansk amid bloody fighting

Published time: June 05, 2014 14:23
Edited time: June 05, 2014 19:58

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For days, amid fierce fighting, a seriously ill 8-month-old Zhenya was awaiting evacuation from a children’s hospital in Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, which has repeatedly been shelled by Kiev’s military jets.

During intense fighting in the city, other children in the hospital were taken down to the cellar. But -month-old Yevgeny Yezekyanhad to remain in the ICU, so he was “covered by mattresses” to save him from shell fragments, Natalia, a local resident who knows the boy’s mother, told the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

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All other patients had been evacuated to safer places and only a few medical personnel taking care of Yevgeny and the boy’s parents remained in the hospital.

The child has spinal [muscular] atrophy, or Werdnig-Hoffmann disease. He continues to be on artificial pulmonary ventilation. The condition is serious but stable,” the boy’s doctor, Vladimir, told RT’s video agency Ruptly.

The problem was that the boy’s parents want Yevgeny to be taken to Russia by mobile ICU, while local authorities insist that the baby should get treatment in Ukraine.

Finally, the differences were ironed out and on Thursday afternoon the boy was taken out of the embattled town to be evacuated to Russia.

Zhenya will be taken to a regional hospital in Rostov-on-Don, according to Russian children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov.

His mother and sister are with him,” he tweeted.

Kiev launched a military, or “anti-terrorist,” operation in southeastern Ukraine in mid-April to suppress the pro-autonomy movement in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Protests in the areas began shortly after the February coup, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovich and brought to power new authorities, considered nationalists or even “fascists” by many in the regions where many speak Russian.

The ongoing fighting has already resulted in dozens of victims and, as the confrontation intensifies, authorities of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk (DNR) decided to evacuate civilians from the territories where Kiev is carrying out its military operation.

I’m holding talks with Crimea and the Rostov region,” Leonid Baranov, the head of the republic’s committee for refugees, told RIA Novosti. He also denied earlier allegations – voiced by Ukrainian railways press-service - that the DNR had not allowed the evacuation of orphans from Lugansk.

Comments (107)

 

Ykpaine 13.06.2014 20:44

I think I don't understand the use of the word "fascist". The dictionary says: Fascist movements share certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism and militarism. Fascism views political manipulation, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation,[6][9][ 10][11] and it asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations.[12]

To me, this sounds exactly like Russia. Can anyone dispute, point by point, this definition as it applies to Putin and the Kremlin?

 

Regula 07.06.2014 10:31

[quote name='Greg' time='06.06.2014 23:10']This is typical Russian style propaganda. The story isn't unusual in itself but like any other story stuffed with repetitive specicifc wording and remarks is to make you feel anti Ukrainian or pro-separatist.[/quo te]

What is propaganda when all media report that thousands of people are fleeing Donetsk? The clips here are only showing the fear, terror and sadness of the people who cannot go on living in their homes because Kiev - which means the US - insist on bombarding their city.

 

Justice 07.06.2014 02:11

[quote name='Greg' time='06.06.2014 23:10']This is typical Russian style propaganda. The story isn't unusual in itself but like any other story stuffed with repetitive specicifc wording and remarks is to make you feel anti Ukrainian or pro-separatist.[/quo te]

Don't apply for a job in a humanitarian organisation, will you! Come to think of it - they do not like sociopaths in ANY line of work ...

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