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David Beckham Has Given His Instagram Account, With 71.5 Million Followers, To A Ukrainian Doctor

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David Beckham Has Given His Instagram Account, With 71.5 Million Followers, To A Ukrainian Doctor

David Beckham gave his Instagram account to a Ukrainian doctor on Sunday to highlight the issues they're facing amid Russia's invasion of the country. Check out his statement below.

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Dr Iryna is the head of a perinatal centre in Kharkiv and is helping pregnant women give birth in the war-torn country on a daily basis.

Beckham is an ambassador for UNICEF and in an attempt to raise awareness, he let Iryna take control of his account with over 71.5 million followers.

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The former England captain said: "Hi everyone, so I’m handing over my social media to Iryna, the Head of the Regional Perinatal Centre in Kharkiv, Ukraine where she is helping pregnant mothers give birth safely.

"Thanks to your donations, the oxygen generators they have received are helping newborns survive in appalling conditions.

"Head over to my stories to learn more about the amazing work Iryna and health workers like her are doing to save lives.

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"Please continue to support these incredible people and charities like UNICEF in any way you can. Together, we can really make a difference. Thank you."

Iryna revealed newborn babies and parents are being treated in a basement for their own safety.

On the day Vladimir Putin's troops invaded Ukraine, she spent three hours evacuating all babies and pregnant women to the basement.

In a cruel twist, all babies born and in need of intensive care need to stay in the main part of the centre as the equipment cannot be moved.

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"The first days were the most difficult. We had to learn how to work with bombings and strikes," she explained in one of the videos.

"We are probably risking our lives but we don't think about it at all. We love our work. Doctors and nurses here, we worry, we cry but none of us will give up."

Beckham and his wife, Victoria, have pledged to donate £1 million to help children in Ukraine amid the war.

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Russia had claimed they were only targeting military forces, which was passionately denied by mayor of Kyiv and former boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko.

The 50-year-old has taken up arms alongside brother, Wladimir, and was interviewed on the frontline last week.

7news reporter Chris Reason asked Klitschko: "Putin says he is only targeting military targets...?"

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Seconds later, Klitschko fired back with a quick 'bulls**' before apologising.

"Where is the military target?" he added, while pointing to a nearby bombed residential building "This building is a military target?"

Featured Image Credit: David Beckham/Instagram

Topics: David Beckham, Ukraine, Russia

Daniel Marland
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