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Ukraine war: Woman gives birth to twins early after learning of husband of border guard killed by Russian snipers

Viktoria and Bogdan Nazarenko took eight years to get pregnant. News of his death was kept under wraps for nearly three weeks to protect her and their fetus.

The spasms began after she learned that her husband, a Ukrainian border guard, had been killed by a Russian sniper.

Ukraine war: Woman gives birth early to twins after learning border guard husband was killed by Russian sniper
Ukraine war: Woman gives birth early to twins after learning border guard husband was killed by Russian sniper

Viktoria Nazarenko, 34, gave birth to twins the next day.

Joy was filled with grief at the loss of Sergeant Bogdan Nazarenko, their father.

“That’s all I have left from him — my children and my memories, which will never be erased,” the young widow said, tears streaming down her face.

It took the couple eight years to get pregnant.

Viktoria said: “He did nothing wrong. He didn’t even see his kids. He didn’t hold them in his arms.”

Bogdan, 35, was shot dead on March 14 while on duty with ukraine’s State Border Service in the northern Chernihiv region as Russian war broke out.

Family and friends have tried to shield Viktoria from the news, understandably concerned about the impact it could have on her, while heavily pregnant.

It meant she only found out almost three weeks later.

By that time, her husband had been buried.

Viktoria said: “I learned of the news on April 3 and gave birth on April 4 – at night the contractions started. She was 35 weeks pregnant at the time.

Matviy was born first, weighing 6.2 lbs, followed by Zakhariy, who weighed 5.7 lbs.

Viktoria spoke on Friday to Sky News, sitting on the bed next to her cot, where her little ones were sleeping. They are not yet four weeks old.

She now lives with her parents in a small apartment in a northern city called Nizhyn. Her mother and father did all they could to help.

Bogdan, like other members of Ukraine’s border and armed forces, has been defending his country from Russian aggression since it began on February 24.

He often talks to his pregnant wife on the phone but calls usually last only a few seconds because of poor connectivity.

Incidentally, their last call, on the day before he was killed, lasted longer – more than 10 minutes. Bogdan told his wife that he was on duty and would have to turn off his phone – a normal habit.

He also tried to persuade her to move out of the northern city of Chernihiv, where they lived.

Viktoria had been sheltering in the basement of a kindergarten for days when Russian soldiers attacked the city, trying to encircle the city and shelling surrounding villages.

“He said he would feel calmer if I left and told me this was an order,” Viktoria said, recalling their conversation.

“But we laughed because I usually give orders!” she said.

“In the last seconds, he tried to say something more but the line was too bad…. I tried to call him back immediately but there was no further connection.”

She waited for him to turn on the phone again, but days passed without her receiving a message.

During that time, the situation in Chernihiv became more critical. Even the local maternity hospital was damaged in the shelling.

Viktoria decides to take her husband’s advice and flees the city of Chernihiv, moving in with her parents.

She continues to try to find out information on Bogdan. Finally before he knew the worst had happened and he was shot dead by a sniper.

“It’s a big wound for our lives,” she said, back in tears, paper towels seeping into our eyes.

“The big question is how? How can a human being do that to another human being?”

She opened a set of documents showing a plastic bag containing Bogdan’s dog card and two necklaces, including a cross, which he had worn when he was killed.

Viktoria also shared their wedding photo album and described how excited Bogdan was to finally become a father.

“When we found out we were pregnant, it was unbelievable happiness,” she said.

“We felt like we weren’t walking, we were flying. When we found out they were twins, our happiness doubled. He talks to the babies every day. I said ‘they can’t hear’ but he talked to my belly every day. day.

“There’s a pregnancy calendar on my phone and every Monday we read together about the formation of babies, what they hear, how their eyes and ears form. He’s waiting for the babies.”

The grief overwhelmed her, making it difficult for her to finish the sentence.

She said the twins gave her the strength to keep walking in the dark.

Viktoria said: “The children remind me that we should continue to live.

“That’s why my kids are my strength. They are my power. And I’m their rock.

“But I don’t have my own support anymore because Bogdan is my prop and my armor – all my stuff.”

Bending down into her crib, she wrapped her blanket around her two sleeping shawls and whispered, “My sons, my children, my little fish. Here I am, my lovely boys.”

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