Ukraine’s Health Minister Viktor Liashko claimed that Russian forces had killed six medics and had fired upon 58 ambulances since February 24.
In a Facebook post from Liashko, he said that medical workers in Ukraine should be wearing body armor.
“War changed everything: plans, priorities, thoughts. [I] never thought we would be getting out armor for medical workers. But because of the actions of terrorists from Russia, who have already shot 58 emergency vehicles and killed 6 of our colleagues, we are forced to do it too,” Liashko stated in the Facebook post.
World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that at least 12 people were killed, and 34 people were injured in at least 43 attacks on health care facilities in Ukraine.
In a joint statement with the G7 health ministers, US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attacks on health facilities and health workers in Ukraine.
“Intentionally directing attacks at civilians and civilian infrastructure, including health care facilities and workers, violates International Humanitarian Law. Health must remain a priority, with health workers being protected so they can provide emergency care to save lives, and with health systems and facilities being protected so that they remain accessible to all who need them,” the health ministers said in the statement.
The ministers warned that Ukraine’s health care system is under ‘significant strain’ and expressed concern about aid organizations being able to provide medical aid to those in need.
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