Two babies Americans born to a surrogate mother who fled the war in Ukraine and gave birth in St. Petersburg were evacuated from an orphanage in this city russianannounced this Wednesday the NGO that carried out the operation.
The twins, a boy and a girl, were “rescued” this Tuesday in the first mission in Russian territory of Project DynamoThe organization, created by ex-servicemen in 2021 to assist in the evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies during the chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan, said in a statement.
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The children were not kidnapped, but evacuated through “contacts” in Russia, Peter D’Abrosca, a Tampa, Florida-based spokesman for the NGO, told AFP.
The surrogate lived in Donbasone of the regions of Ukraine most affected by the war. Due to the fighting he went to the Crimea and from there to St. Petersburgwhere she gave birth to twins in early September, according to the statement.
The babies ended up in a city orphanage and the parents, a couple from Texas who requested anonymity, tried in vain to get them back.
The parents contacted the NGO and one of its co-founders, Bryan Stern, traveled to Estonia to set up the mission from the town of Narva, on the border with Russia.
The statement does not specify how the babies were removed, and only indicates that “it took a week to prepare the mission and it was carried out in one day”. The twins were delivered to her parents.
Quoted in the statement, Bryan Stern “He deeply thanked” to the consular services of the US embassies in Moscow and Tallinn. He did not give details.
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Asked about the help provided by the US embassies, the NGO spokesman contented himself with replying that they had “played a role”.
The US State Department did not deny it. “We are aware of this information,” a spokesman for US diplomacy told AFP. “For privacy reasons, we will not comment further at this time.”
United States citizenship is automatically granted to children of Americans born abroad to surrogate mothers or by IVF, as long as at least one of the two parents is biologically related to the baby.
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