In the latest show of support for Ukraine amid its war with Russia, the United States agreed to treat injured Ukrainian soldiers at a US military hospital in Germany, CNN said citing a memo from the Ministry of Health. Defense or the Pentagon. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has reportedly given verbal approval to treat injured Ukrainian soldiers for the first time since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the “special” military operation in Ukraine in February.
Up to 18 wounded Ukrainian soldiers are allowed to be treated at a time at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a hospital in Germany that has been used to treat US service members for several years. Austin reportedly offered verbal advice to care for wounded Ukrainian soldiers on May 26 and it was converted into an official memo on June 29. The note entitled “Advice for the medical treatment of wounded Ukrainian servicemen”.
Landstuhl has not yet received Ukrainian troops for treatment
However, Landstuhl has not yet received any Ukrainian servicemen for medical treatment. A U.S. European Command official told CNN, “We did not process any Ukrainian troops at Landstuhl.” According to the report, the official said the purpose of the memo was to remove any bureaucracy that would hamper the process of dealing with Ukrainian soldiers. if and when the need arose, it should be mentioned that Landstuhl is about 700 miles from the Ukrainian border.
Meanwhile, on Monday, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko posted a video on Twitter showing Ukrainian soldiers receiving prosthetic legs at a Chicago hospital. On Tuesday, a second video was released showing the soldiers walking on prosthetics. This was apparently the first permission granted to Ukrainian soldiers to seek treatment at military facilities instead of civilian hospitals.
Meanwhile, as the Russian-Ukrainian war entered its sixth month, the Pentagon announced another security assistance package for Ukraine, which will include Supplemental High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS ), ammunition and a significant number of Phoenix Ghost unmanned aerial systems. In an official statement, the senior Pentagon official said the latest US “package” includes approximately $175 million in equipment drawn from existing US military stockpiles through the Presidential Withdrawal Authority and $95 million dollars worth of equipment from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, or USAI funds.