Healthy baby girl born in Ukrainian underground station as Russian bombs fell

A young mum has given birth to a baby girl in an underground metro station in Kyiv as the city was blitzed by Russian bombs.

The unnamed mother, said to be 23, gave birth to her baby daughter Mia on Friday night as Putin's troops continued their attack on Ukraine and advanced on the capital city.

She hid from the gunfire in a shelter in the city as gunfire raged outside and her screams were heard by police who rushed in to help.

Heart-warming photos taken moments after Mia was born captured people's hearts after it was shared online by Ukrainian politician Hannah Hopko.

The picture of her mother gripping her tiny hand in the shelter was hailed as beacon of hope amid the horrors of war as the world watches on.

Ms Hopko, Chairwoman of Democracy in Action Conference, said: "Mia was born this night in stressful environment- bombing of Kyiv.

"Her mom is happy after this challenging birth giving and immediately departing to shelter.

"When Putin kills Ukrainians we appeal to mothers in Russia and Belarus to protest against Russia war in Ukraine. We defend lives and humanity!"

Social media users dubbed the tiny tot 'a little angel' as the country was subjected to apocalyptic scenes overnight as heavy shelling continued.

Meanwhile, a maternity doctor revealed a baby boy had been born in a hospital next to an apartment block damaged by bombing.

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The doctor's post read: "In the reception – wounded. Meanwhile, in the basement of the maternity ward, in conditions far from those who deserve a new life – the voice of the newborn… It's a boy!"

Ukraine's health minister says 198 people – including three children – have been killed in fighting across the country.

The capital Kyiv was hit by artilery during a bitter night of fighting as troops closed in on the city centre.

The nation's armed forces said they'd shot down a Russian military transport plane carrying 150 paratroopers, which came down near Vasylkiv, 20 miles south of Kyiv.

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