Israel is to treat 20 Ukrainian soldiers wounded in the conflict with Russian forces, the Israeli ambassador to Kyiv announced Sunday.
“Israel will receive for treatment 20 Ukrainian servicemen who were seriously wounded during the war,” envoy Michael Brodsky wrote on Twitter.
The first two patients will arrive on Sunday for treatment at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, he added.
A medical source confirmed to AFP that two soldiers were en route to Israel, while a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian embassy in Tel Aviv said she expected the first patients to arrive “soon.”
They will be treated with prosthetics and rehabilitation.
Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital, ran a field hospital in western Ukraine for six weeks following the Russian invasion on February 24.
Israel has declined to supply weaponry to Ukrainian forces, opting instead to send protective gear, such as helmets, as it attempts to maintain relations with Moscow.
Russia is a key backer of Syria, where Israeli forces regularly carry out airstrikes against pro-Iranian elements.
Israelis also have close ties to the former Soviet Union, where a tenth of the population has roots.
Russians accounted for nearly half of Jewish immigrants to Israel over the past year, according to the immigration ministry, while a quarter hailed from Ukraine.
UK’s Truss tells allies to stand firm on UkraineBritish Prime Minister Liz Truss said allies should stand firm on Ukraine and ignore Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “sabre-rattling”, as she seeks ... World News
Queues build up at Mongolian border as people flee Russia call-upLong lines of vehicles were seen at a border crossing between Mongolia and Russia on Sunday as people fled the Kremlin’s call-up of hundreds of ... World News
Seven more crop-laden ships leave Ukrainian portsSeven more ships laden with agricultural produce left Ukrainian ports on Sunday, the country’s infrastructure ministry said, bringing the total to 218 ... World News
Russia accuses Ukraine of launching ‘kamikaze drones’ at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plantRussia’s defense ministry said on Sunday that Ukrainian forces have continued attacks around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in the south of the ... World News