An intensive care unit inside an A310 transport. (Luftwaffe/Markus Schulze)
BONN — Germany will transport some of the Ukrainians injured during recent protests in Kiev’s Maidan Square to Germany for medical treatment.
The German Embassy in Kiev was asked by the Ukrainian government for assistance in the treatment of about 50 people injured during recent unrest in the Ukrainian capital.
The German Foreign Ministry asked the Defense Ministry to transport those wounded to Germany, where they will receive further treatment in civil or military hospitals, depending on the type of injury and available capacity.
A team of doctors from the Bundeswehr’s medical service first will assess the condition of those victims in Kiev and prepare their transport.
For this mission, the German Air Force will send an Airbus A310 MRTT transport, outfitted with special Medevac kits, to the Ukrainian capital. In that configuration, the aircraft has room for up to six intensive care units while carrying about 50 patients in a prone position. This has been used for other humanitarian missions, such as the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
The German military also is participating in the observer mission by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in European to Ukraine with two unarmed military observers. That mission takes place on invitation by Ukraine between March 5 and March 12.