Pentagon approves plan for injured Ukrainian soldiers – media — Analysis
CNN reports that US troops can now go to Germany for treatment at an American military hospital.
According to CNN, Lloyd Austin, the US Defense Secretary, has approved plans for injured Ukrainian soldiers being treated at an American military hospital in Germany. This was citing Pentagon documents and other sources.
According to the memo, the Ukrainian soldiers were to be brought to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. It is located near the French frontier. It is possible to receive treatment for up to 18 personnel from the military at any one time.
The document also reportedly says Austin verbally backed the move as early as late May, and in late June formally approved the plan called “Guidance for Medical Treatment of Wounded Ukrainian Service Members.”
However, according to CNN’s sources in the Pentagon, no Ukrainian soldiers have been admitted to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center so far.
According to reports, the memo’s purpose is to reduce red tape and make it easier to provide medical care for Ukrainians should this be necessary. However, the facility is located a long way from Ukraine’s western border.
Last week, the Swiss government turned down NATO’s request to treat wounded Ukrainian soldiers, citing their neutrality stance, according to local media reports.
Since Russia’s attack on Ukraine in late February, the US has ramped up military aid to Kiev. The US has provided the nation with large amounts of military equipment including anti-tank and artillery pieces as well as HIMARS rocket launchers.
Russia repeatedly warned West not to send weapons to Kiev. This would prolong conflict and increase casualties. It also could have long-term negative consequences.
Moscow sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols were originally signed by France and Germany through intermediaries. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “Create powerful armed forces.”
The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.
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