Medical treatment

Israel to airlift injured Ukrainians for medical treatment, send more medicine

Doctors at Israel’s ‘Kochav Meir’ field hospital in western Ukraine check patients’ x-rays in daylight. Photo: Naama Frank Azriel/Sheba Medical Center

Israel will airlift injured Ukrainians to its country for medical treatment and allocate millions of shekels to send more medicine directly to the war-torn country, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced Wednesday.

Horowitz discussed humanitarian aid plans during a Zoom meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Liashko. Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk and Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky were also present.

“I have been clear again: Israel condemns Russia’s brutal invasion and supports Ukraine,” Horowitz wrote on Twitter after the exchange. “This is our unequivocal position, and we back it up with action.”

According to the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel, the ministers discussed options for providing medical care to injured Ukrainian soldiers during the roll call. Liashko told Horowitz that Ukraine has opened a registry of military personnel in need of medical care.

In addition, the ministers talked about helping Ukrainian children with cancer by providing necessary medications and treatment protocols, the embassy said. Liashko also asked Israel to help provide out-of-stock medicines that Ukraine needs immediately.

Israel closed its Kochav Meir (Shining Star) field hospital in western Ukraine earlier this month, after treating 6,000 patients over a six-week period. In April, a seven-year-old Ukrainian boy suffering from a rare degenerative disease was evacuated from Ukraine with the help of the Israeli government and rushed to a hospital in the Tel Aviv area to try to save his sight. .

Israel has sought to mediate in the Ukraine-Russia conflict while managing regional security interests involving Moscow – criticizing the Russian invasion, but limiting its support for kyiv to tons of humanitarian aid.

The Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that the country had delivered 2,000 helmets and 500 vests for emergency and civilian organizations in Ukraine.

Ambassador Brodsky returned to kyiv this week to reopen the Israeli Embassy in the Ukrainian capital. Brodsky raised the Israeli flag near the embassy for the first time since its staff were evacuated from the capital nearly three months ago, just before hostilities began.