Health Ministry to Airlift Injured Ukrainians

By Hamodia Staff

Sasha Horokhivskyi, 38, lost his leg during the war. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

YERUSHALAYIM –The Health Ministry has announced that it will finance an airlift of Ukrainians injured in the Russian invasion for medical treatment in Israel.

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said in a tweet that he told his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Liashko that Israel will donate millions of shekels worth of medicine to Ukraine, and “will take care of flying injured Ukrainians to Israel for treatment — on our dime.”

The airlift may include soldiers as well as civilians, according to Kan News on Wednesday, without citing a source.

A small number of civilians hurt in the fighting were airlifted to hospitals in Israel in previous months, in flights arranged by medical rescue groups and Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Horowitz also repeated that Israel condemns “Russia’s cruel invasion,” adding that “this is our unequivocal position, and we back it up in deeds.”

Earlier in the day, the Defense Ministry said that it has delivered 2,000 helmets and 500 protective vests for emergency and civilian organizations in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Mercantile Bank said that it recently provided medical humanitarian aid to Ukraine, flying in medical equipment, professionals and consumer goods to Ukraine through aid and rescue organizations.

Shuki Bornstein, CEO of Mercantile Bank, said: “As part of the bank’s extensive activities to contribute to the community in Israel, we could not remain indifferent to the great suffering caused to the civilian population in Ukraine. We found it appropriate to assist, even slightly, in fulfilling the urgent medical needs of the many refugees. We thank the organizations that have implemented our contribution,” he was quoted as saying by The Times of Israel.

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