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Odessa newborns are dressed in traditional Ukrainian shirts


Volunteers donated traditional embroidered Ukrainian shirts, known as “vyshyvanki,” to newborns at a hospital in Odessa.

The shirts were donated on the eve of Vyshyvanka Day, which is celebrated on May 19.
The girls were presented with red shirts and the boys in blue, according to Reuters.

“Vyshyvanka is a charm of luck,” said volunteer Olena Besedovska. “One of happiness, luck and love.”

Odessa newborns wear Ukrainian shirts following an initiative in Lviv that seeks to lift the morale of the country’s residents

The gifts are a volunteer initiative in Lviv, where embroidered shirts were sewn and sent to Odessa, which is close to the front line, and where air raid sirens sound several times a day.

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Vyshyvanka is considered a symbol of the national renaissance. It became popular again after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

Odessa is always under Russian missile fire

In early May, Ukrainian firefighters battled the blaze after a rocket crashed in Odessa and caused damage to property and casualties.

The video released by the Ukrainian armed forces shows firefighters fighting a fire in Odessa on Monday (May 2nd) after a rocket attack in the southern port city, where two children are said to have been killed. Reuters could not verify this.
The video shows a flame and smoke coming out of a dilapidated building, as well as the broken windows of a nearby monastery.

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Ukrainian firefighters intervene after a rocket hits Odessa, damaging a fireplace where it killed a boy

A resident said her family was already living in the basement of their building because the area had been hit before.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said a 14-year-old boy had been killed and a 17-year-old girl had been injured in a rocket strike that hit a home.
Reuters could not independently verify this.

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