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Medical supplies being loaded onto trucks before being sent to Ukraine (Picture: FCDOGovUK).
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Bandages, crutches and wheelchairs part of vital medical supplies being sent from UK to Ukraine

UK donating more medical supplies to 17012023 CREDIT FCDOGovUK
Medical supplies being loaded onto trucks before being sent to Ukraine (Picture: FCDOGovUK).

The UK is sending further vital medical supplies to Ukraine to help treat casualties of the Russian offensive.

More than 70 pallets of bandages, crutches, wheelchairs, and other medical supplies are being donated to UK-Med, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for those injured in Russian attacks.

The supplies come from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's (FCDO) emergency response stocks and will be used across Ukraine – including in Dnipro, Poltava and Lviv – to boost UK-Med's ongoing work to establish mobile clinics to reach and treat vulnerable people.

Tents included in the supplies will be used as temporary treatment centres where local health facilities have been damaged, as well as nearly 80 beds, more than 30,000 gowns, aprons, bandages, needles, and other vital pieces of medical equipment.

As well as providing a range of vital medical services, from surgical interventions and primary health care to mental health and psychosocial support, UK-Med is also training civilians in trauma first aid and delivering psychological first aid training for medical teams.

The donations come as Foreign Secretary James Cleverly visits the US and Canada, where he is meeting with members of the Ukrainian diaspora and discussing support for Ukraine with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.

Mr Cleverly said: "Putin's brutal bombardment of civilians and infrastructure across Ukraine is continuing to have a massive human cost, with the Ukrainian people paying the price.

"This latest UK donation will help ensure medics on the frontline can continue to provide life-saving medical support to those caught in the conflict."

The UK has previously donated equipment and pharmaceutical supplies to UK-Med, in addition to £300,000 funding, to set up mobile health clinics and help train Ukrainian doctors, nurses and paramedics on how to deal with mass casualties.

According to the FCDO: "This latest donation builds on that work, to support the most vulnerable civilians remaining in Ukraine, including the elderly and young children."

The UN estimates that almost 18 million people in Ukraine need humanitarian support.

The latest donation is part of the UK's commitment to providing medical supplies and basic necessities on the ground, saving lives and protecting vulnerable people.

This includes more than £220m of humanitarian support through the UN, the Red Cross and NGOs, including the Disasters Emergency Committee members and UK-Med.