A PREGNANT blogger who was bombed by the Russians at a maternity hospital has now given birth to a baby girl.
Marianna Podgurskaya is pictured bloody and standing among the ruins in one of the most harrowing images of Vladimir Putin’s intense war in Ukraine.
She was abused online after the Russian embassy in the UK mobilized an army of trolls against her – accusing her of being part of an elaborate stunt to fake the attack go to hospital.
But amid the series of abuses and terrible circumstances in Mariupol, there is a small spark of joy for Marianna.
It is reported that she has now given birth to a baby girl, just a few days after being bombed by Putin.
Olga Tokariuk, a researcher at the European Center for Policy Analysis who helped counter the Russian smear campaign against the blogger, confirmed the news.
“I received an update from a relative of Marianna,” she wrote on Twitter.
“They were able to contact her by phone shortly. At 10 o’clock last night, Marianna gave birth to a baby girl.
“They’re fine, but it’s very cold in Mariupol and the bombing hasn’t stopped.”
The news of Marianna is a small ray of happiness amid the atrocities that Putin continues to dismiss.
The picture of the mother-to-be was taken on Wednesday, wrapped in a blanket following a devastating Russian air strike on a hospital in Mariupol.
She was also covered in blood as she walked down the stairs in the bombed medical center carrying her belongings.
Putin’s forces are said to have dropped a 2,000lb bomb on the area, leaving a large crater in the ground.
Children were buried under the rubble and at least three people – including a girl, six – were killed in the strike.
Her haunting gaze as she stared into space has become one of the most heartbreaking images of Russia’s brutal campaign.
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But in a brazen attempt to distance himself from the brutality, Russia claims the photos have been FAKED.
In a now-deleted string of tweets, Putin’s embassy in London accused the woman of “making up” and said she was “playing” the victim.
Marianna’s social media feeds have since been flooded with villains mobilized by Putin.
It comes as:
UK Cultural Secretary Nadine Dorries denounced the post as “fake news” – and it has now been removed by Twitter.
However, the posts continued to go viral in screenshots and damage was done.
Marianna’s Telegram page has now been bombarded with trolls and her Instagram is full of cruel comments – baselessly accusing her of being part of a wide-ranging Western and Ukrainian conspiracy.
Civilians see themselves as fair game for Putin’s indiscriminate bombing – an act that is considered a war crime.
And it looks like they’re at risk from Russia’s fake news operation and evil troll factories.
The blogger – who has 25,000 followers – excitedly shared an update about her pregnancy with her fans just days before Putin invaded Ukraine.
Posting a photo of her bump as she chose baby clothes, she asked her followers: “girl or boy?”
And on Valentine’s Day, she posted a photo taken with her husband Yuri cuddling her belly.
“We keep falling in love and we do it great, even though it seems more?” Marianna wrote.
“And many more.. soon our happiness will be born and this will be a new phase in our family life, we will open a new stage.
“All love and butterflies in the soul.”
But these cheerful posts have now been armed against her by an army of evil trolls, some of whom try to hideously claim that she isn’t even pregnant.
She also founded a Telegram channel when the fight was announced to help her followers amid rumors that Instagram was about to go offline.
“I wish you all good health, may your families be safe and may the men return home unharmed,” she wrote.
The Sun Online has reached out to Marianna and Yuri – but has yet to receive a response.
Since coming to power, Mariupol has become one of the bloodiest battlefields of the war as Putin’s forces surround them.
Russia denied everything and even tried to deny the entire invasion in a strange way.
It claimed while bombing the hospital – that was because it was the site of the Azov Neo-Nazi Battalion.
Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, told a news conference earlier today that the hospital was a “legitimate target”.
He baselessly asserts that there are no patients in the ward – as the photographs clearly show otherwise.
Foreign Minister Lavrov strangely claimed that Russia “never attacked Ukraine” and said the outcry over the hospital attack was “pathetic”.
The Kremlin is spreading a flurry of disinformation in an attempt to defend its invasion and bombing of civilians.
And Mariupol felt the power of Putin’s war machine.
It is estimated that about 1,200 civilians were killed in the city, which is the Donetsk region, in eastern Ukraine.
Pictures showed the city on fire, blood in the streets, corpses lying where they were dropped, as the Red Cross described the situation as “apocalyptic”.
The population of 200,000 was subjected to continuous bombardment as the city was besieged by Russian troops.
It became a humanitarian disaster when people were living in their basements, having to melt snow to get water, and where unburied bodies were torn to pieces by wild dogs.
United Nations officials have warned the number of refugees trying to flee Ukraine will increase to 4 million.
The fighting has now been going on for two weeks – and shows no sign of stopping despite peace talks.
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