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UK donates medical supplies to Ukraine as Russia expands missile strikes

Two million medical items have now been donated to Ukraine, the government said after Russia expanded its missile strikes in Lviv in the west of the country on Friday.

Supplies including painkillers, insulin injections and critical care equipment are expected to arrive in the war-torn region in the coming days, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the government knows it “must do more” to help the beleaguered country as it resists an invasion from Russia.

About 10 flights carrying medical supplies have left Stansted, Heathrow and RAF Brize Norton in the past three weeks, the DHSC said.

And, following an urgent request from Ukraine, a refrigerated truck left for the region on Friday carrying insulin injections and much-needed drugs for surgery, the department said.



The UK will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine in the face of the appalling Russian invasion

Health Secretary Sajid Javid

The two million figure includes all donations to date and is made up of each individual item and each dose of medicine.

Resuscitators, cannulas and face masks are part of the kit delivered so far.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said the UK stood ‘neck to neck’ with Ukraine in the face of Russia’s ‘appalling’ attack, which was launched on 24 February.

Equipment at the NHS National Services Scotland Titan logistics facility in Bellshill, which was visited by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who looked on as medical supplies were loaded to be sent to Ukraine (PA)

(PA wire)

“We are leading the humanitarian effort to support Ukraine by providing targeted medical support to those in need. In less than three weeks, the UK has donated over two million medical items,” Mr Javid said.

“Tens of thousands of sick and injured Ukrainians have now received treatment thanks to donations made by the NHS from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

Speaking at the Scottish Conservatives’ conference in Aberdeen on Friday, the Prime Minister said he spoke to Mr Zelensky that morning.

“From my office I said, ‘We stand with you at a time when your people face such horror with such courage,’ he said.

“’When you fight, not just for your lives and homes – for the cause of democracy and freedom itself – we know we must do more to help.

“‘I promise you we will.'”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (AP)

(PA wire)

Fighting in Ukraine reached the center of the southern port city of Mariupol, where many civilians were still trapped on Friday.

Russia also launched an early morning attack on Lviv, the city’s mayor said, as British intelligence suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion had made “minimal progress” this week.

An update from the Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces continued to “thwart” Moscow’s attempt to encircle towns like kyiv and Mykolai.

Shelling around the capital Kyiv also continued as the number of refugees estimated to have fled the war topped 3.4 million.

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