Civilian victims of Ukrainian conflict can be flown to Russia for treatment - ministry

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is ready to provide its aircraft for moving the civilians injured in the Ukrainian conflict zone for medical treatment in Russia, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Stepanov told journalists on Friday.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is ready to provide its aircraft for moving the civilians injured in the Ukrainian conflict zone for medical treatment in Russia, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Stepanov told journalists on Friday.

Earlier the Russian Health Care Ministry said that Health Care Minister Veronika Skvortsova had asked her Ukrainian counterpart, Oleh Musiy, to allow all patients in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, where the armed standoff continues, to undergo medical treatment in Russia.

"The Emergency Situations Ministry supports the Russian Health Care Ministry's initiative for Ukrainian citizens injured in the conflict zone to be treated in our territory. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has therefore prepared its aviation, both airplanes and helicopters, in sufficient quantity. We are ready to provide it (aviation) at any minute," Stepanov said.

He also said that the work of meeting and accommodating Ukrainians in Russia has gone on for weeks now. "Each day hundreds of people are delivered by our Ministry's aircraft and auto transport to the locations where they will be deciding their future fate. These are mainly temporary accommodation centers. The people are given a warm and hearty welcome," the deputy minister of emergency situations said.

This work will continue and all needy Ukrainians will be accommodated in Russia, he said.

Stepanov thanked the Russian regions "which have approached this task with care." "Those who arrived in our territory normally express only words of gratitude," he added.

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