Our colleagues with the Ukrainian Red Cross are poised to continue the lifesaving work of the Red Cross in their country. The situation in the Ukraine remains volatile; however, the Ukrainian Red Cross, committed to our fundamental principles, is providing assistance to all those who are in need.
The Ukrainian Red Cross (URCS) emergency response teams have been working around the clock for months, providing first aid to the wounded from both sides and transporting them to hospital. In the most intense three days, more than 660 people – protesters and members of the security forces – received first aid from the URCS. Six Red Cross volunteers were injured, one of them was shot and taken to hospital, where he underwent an operation but his life is not at risk.
Response teams from the Red Cross remain on duty and are ready to respond where needed. At the end of last week the URCS, in cooperation with the ICRC, had a meeting with all regional branches to discuss the situation in the regions and how to strengthen preparedness. This short video shows the Ukrainian Red Cross in action.