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Ukraine’s combat medics report lack of supplies for new brigades that enter front line

23 September, 2023 Saturday
14:10

Oksana Korchynska, a volunteer and medical coordinator of the frontline stabilization point, noted that the new brigades came in without supplies, lacking evacuation equipment, without medicines, with poor quality first aid kits

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She told about this on Espreso TV.

"We now have new problems, new challenges. Brigades have been rotating along the front line, new ones have come to replace those who have been in our area of responsibility for more than a year and a half. But the new brigades came in without any equipment, with a small amount of evacuation equipment, no medicines, and with poor quality first aid kits and tourniquets. How long can this go on? I'm exhausted," said the medical coordinator of the frontline stabilization station.

Oksana Korchynska noted that every time a new team arrives, it is a disaster, and they have nothing, they lack everything.

"I officially want to address the management of Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro hospitals. Your area of responsibility is the Zaporizhzhia Operational Group of Troops, so please arrange supplies for the new brigades that are coming to the front line. It's painful to see these lists, these poor medics who are looking for equipment, medicines, and other things for their stations at the front. This is no good. A brigade should go in prepared. As soon as they arrive at the front, they start receiving wounded, and at the same time they are looking for volunteers and philanthropists to help them provide for them. This should not be the case in a year and a half after the war started. The command of the Medical Forces should not send brigades to the front line unprepared and without medical supplies," Korchynska stressed.

  • Earlier, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said that Ukrainian military medicine is currently unparalleled in the world. Ukrainian doctors teach their colleagues from abroad.

  • The Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine reported that thanks to the efforts of Ukrainian medical professionals, up to 82% of wounded and sick soldiers return to service after treatment.  

  • On August 3, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health had agreed to train combat medics to perform blood transfusions on the frontline.  

  • On September 5, the Ukrainian government supported the permission for blood transfusions for combat medics on the frontline, and the Ministry of Health expanded the program for this purpose. 

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