As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to escalate into an all-out war, the surrogate baby industry in Ukraine is under attack as the safety of the babies born and the surrogates who give birth to the infants are put into question on Tuesday, March 1.

Alex Spektor and Irma Nuñez, who live in the state of Georgia in the U.S., found themselves worrying for their newborn children after their surrogate in Ukraine gave birth to the babies prematurely at 32 weeks in Kyiv last week, according to Today

The twin boys, Lenny and Moishe Spektor, are currently being cared for by the surrogate and a pediatrician in Kyiv. However, Spektor and Nuñez are worried for their safety as they look for possible hospitals in the country that has a bomb shelter to ensure the children’s safety, the New York Post reported. 

“It’s unimaginable, what can I say? It’s impossible to wrap your mind around,” Alex Spektor said. “The fact that they’re premature plays against us. So there’s a conflict. They need to stay put. We need to take them out.”

They have been searching for options to try and get the children out of the country safely and bring them towards the state of Georgia, but their options have been limited by the daily Russian attacks on the city. 

Thanks to the baby’s premature state, some problems have also surfaced in their attempt to care for the infants. Among the problems is looking for special preemie milk which is necessary to ensure the survival of the infants. 

“I talked to this pharmacy in the morning. By afternoon, when one of our contacts got there, it was already shelled and it was closed,” Spektor said. They said that they were able to locate some milk for the infants eventually. 

Spektor and Nuñez are one of over 100 clients in the United States and Canada who have been affected by the Russian-Ukraine conflict, with some parents stuck in Ukraine due to the sudden rise in conflict. The pair are looking for ways to help the babies escape the conflict-stricken country, and hope that President Biden can help them in transporting the infants to safer areas. 

“Just get our babies out,” he said. “Or, if that’s not possible, at least to Lviv, somewhere westward, where they would be safe.”

christian-bowen-1CDW6l8nMpU-unsplash Two premature twin babies born from a surrogate have been stuck in Ukraine since the conflict began, as parents Alex Spektor and Irma Nuñez attempt to find ways to keep their children safe. This is a representational image. Christian Bowen/Unsplash.