Ukraine will receive 50 ambulances with the support of Olena Zelenska Foundation

20 December 2023
Olena Zelenska Foundation continues to develop the area of "healthcare". After all, during a full-scale war, citizens urgently need access to medical services. One of the key challenges for Ukraine today is the medical evacuation of civilians, especially in regions and communities near the war zone.

The Government of the United Arab Emirates, with which Olena Zelenska Foundation has a successful track record in implementing humanitarian projects, is providing Ukraine with 50 ambulances to support the country's medical infrastructure. The transfer is taking place with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Arab Emirates.

The recipient of these ambulances is the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which is responsible for distributing them to the regions most in need of specialized transport for medical evacuation and assistance.

The first batch of 23 ambulances has already been delivered to Ukraine and will be distributed among the regions.

Each ambulance is equipped with everything necessary to provide emergency medical assistance, aiming to save lives.

"Very often our medical infrastructure becomes a target for the enemy. More than 480 ambulances have been damaged, destroyed or seized. That is why regular replenishment of ambulance fleets is very important in order to provide timely medical care to people. I’m grateful to the Foundation, personally to the First Lady Olena Zelenska and the UAE government for their active involvement and support. The donated ambulances are equipped with oxygen cylinders, heart rate monitors, defibrillators, electrocardiographs and artificial lung ventilation devices. They can save a person in case of cardiogenic shock, assist in childbirth, resuscitate patients, provide general anesthesia, and perform primary surgical treatment of wounds. This is exactly what our doctors need in the difficult conditions that Ukraine is facing," said Viktor Liashko, Minister of Health of Ukraine.

"Doctors often have to provide emergency assistance under shelling, risking their own lives and health. These ambulances will help evacuate people from the conflict zone and hopefully save thousands of lives," said Nina Horbachova, the Foundation's director.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Russia has been systematically destroying and stealing ambulance fleets in the temporarily occupied territories. The enemy continues to target civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities. Therefore, the need to provide Ukraine with ambulances remains acute.