Ukrainian Armed Forces still buy uncertified tourniquets, Zaluzhnyi should intervene
There is a growing scandal over military medicine. Ukrainian defenders are still receiving low-quality first-aid kits and tourniquets. Volunteers say it's imperative that Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhnyi personally intervenes
Oksana Korchynska, a volunteer and medical coordinator of a front-line stabilization center that provides first medical aid, shared the information.
According to MPs, soldiers at the frontlines are equipped with 45% uncertified tourniquets, and the command of the medical forces has been slow to address this issue.
"We've been advocating for high-quality first-aid kits and tourniquets for over two months now. On July 20, during the counteroffensive by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, a scandal erupted involving combat medics and instructors who train them. In early 2023, the first aid kits that were issued contained Chinese tourniquets that would break on military personnel. Later, MPs pushed for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to be provided with 77,000 tourniquets, as they claim. This was stated by former Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Maliar, though her credibility is questionable. In essence, instead of the Chinese 77,000, we're talking about supplying 37,000 soldiers," Korchynska revealed on Espreso TV.
She explained how Ukraine's orders for tourniquets from international partners are processed.
"International partners clarify that they follow the technical specifications provided by the Ukrainian medical forces command. The process is similar to procuring tanks, firearms, and ammunition," said the volunteer.
The Command of the Medical Forces is violating Order No. 7 of 2017.
"In 2017, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers registered a list of all items that should be included in the military personnel's first-aid kits. This list includes detailed descriptions of each product. This order has not been revoked by anyone, so it's unclear why uncertified products are now being procured," she added.