32 Ukrainian nationals have received medical care in German hospitals following violent protests on the Maidan in Kyiv. Some seriously injured persons are still in treatment. Costs for the treatment are assumed by the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Ukraine.
During the violent protests in Kyiv’s Independence Square on 18 and 20 February, nearly one hundred people lost their lives and many more were severely injured. Thereupon, the Federal Government pledged to support Ukraine in caring for the injured: On 12 March, 32 patients arrived in Berlin by Bundeswehr airplane and, from there, were taken to several hospitals in Berlin, Ulm and Constance for treatment.
Some patients already released from hospital
Nine of the injured Ukrainians have already been discharged from hospital, four others are presently awaiting their release. However, some patients will have to remain in Germany for treatment for considerably longer because they are too seriously injured, especially due to gunshot or shell splinter wounds. There are Maidan activists as well as police officers among the injured.
Costs for the treatment are assumed by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Ukraine, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Defence.
Humanitarian commitment and diplomatic efforts
Diplomatic efforts to end the crisis in Ukraine are flanked by the Federal Government’s humanitarian commitment which comes in response to the Ukrainian parliament’s appeal to the German Embassy in Kyiv to support Ukraine in caring for and treating people severely injured in the violent clashes.