On the second night of the war in Ukraine, which both President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and the Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, described as possibly the toughest night of the war, a new life saw the light of day late at night: in the middle of a subway station. In the evening hours, the citizens of the Ukrainian capital again sought protection from the attacks by the Russians. Amid sirens and renewed air alerts, violent explosions and reports of Russian troops reaching the heart of the capital, the photo of the newborn quickly became a beacon of hope for many Ukrainians and went viral on social media.
Shortly before, President Zelenskyy addressed his compatriots with an urgent message, calling on the citizens of Ukraine to defend Kiev at all costs (the eXXpress reported): “Our fate will be decided tonight, the capital must not fall”, said Zelenskyy, who also mentioned that it could be “the last time” that his people will see him “alive”. “It’s going to be a very, very hard night – but tomorrow will come”. Words of hope that underline the birth of the child, who will hopefully not only see the light of day for the first time in the morning hours, but will also be able to continue to carry the light of hope.