First wounded soldiers from Ukraine arrive

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The first wounded soldiers from Ukraine who are due to receive treatment in Norwegian hospitals have arrived in Norway.

Three wounded soldiers landed in Norway on Sunday afternoon. They are being received as part of Norway’s involvement in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) as part of the previously-agreed framework for the medical evacuation of 550 patients.

“Norway is now one of eight countries evacuating wounded Ukrainian soldiers through this partnership. The Norwegian authorities regard contributions through this scheme to be an important way in helping to resolve the situation in Ukraine. This is also a clear signal that Norway continues to shoulder its fair share of the international burden,” says Emilie Enger Mehl, Minister of Justice and Public Security.

“The Norwegian contribution in providing medical evacuation and treatment to wounded soldiers will offer relief to the Ukrainian healthcare system, which is under great strain due to the war, and will represent a continuation of Norway’s support to date. I would like to thank the Norwegian health services which have once again stepped up to the plate to offer their assistance in what is a difficult situation,” says Ingvild Kjerkol, Minister of Health and Care Services.

In line with other Ukrainians arriving in Norway, the wounded soldiers will also be offered accommodation upon arrival and subsequent housing in a municipality.