United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has approved the treatment of wounded Ukrainian soldiers at a hospital in Germany.
A Cable News Network (CNN) report citing Pentagon officials revealed that Austin first gave verbal instructions on May 26 to start treating wounded Ukrainian soldiers, which was later formalized in a memo titled “Guidance for Medical Treatment of Wounded Ukrainian Service Members” on June 29.
Austin’s approval of the memo would allow up to 18 Ukrainian soldiers to receive treatment at once at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Western Germany.
The Landstuhl hospital, which is close to the Ramstein Air Base, houses the largest American military hospital outside of the US.
Wounded Ukrainian soldiers would first need to leave Ukraine by train or car in order for the US to transport them to the Ramstein Air Base, and deliver them to Landstuhl to be treated.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the memo is the first occasion that injured Ukrainian soldiers have been granted medical care at a US military facility.
Similarly, numerous Ukrainian soldiers have also received treatment at public hospitals around the US.
A video of Ukrainian soldiers receiving prosthetic legs at a hospital in Chicago was released on Twitter on Monday by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs.
“I am very grateful to everyone who helps our guys to recover!” said Gerashchenko.
The memo would allow for the treatment of wounded Ukrainian soldiers if no facility was available in Ukraine or a nearby nation. The distance between Landstuhl and the Ukrainian border stands at roughly 700 kilometers.
© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.