On January 27, 2017 in Kyiv , the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress’ (UCC) “Ambulances for Ukraine” project officially handed over ten ambulances from Canada for use by medical institutions across Ukraine. The ambulances were officially transferred in Kyiv on January 27, 2017 by the Embassy of Canada, the UCC, and Caritas Ukraine – an international aid organization.
The Project was organized by the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress’s Ukraine Appeal and received financial assistance from the Governments of Canada, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as private donations. The ambulances were donated from Quebec to Alberta, and were prepared with support from healthcare industry partners. Five of the ambulances are from Manitoba.
“I am very proud to work with the UCC and bring humanitarian assistance and support to people in Ukraine who need it most,” said Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, MP for Kildonan–St. Paul. “The UCC is doing critical work in Ukraine’s most vulnerable areas, and we are grateful that Global Affairs Canada responded to our office’s request for funds.”
John Holuk, Chair of the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress’ Ukraine Appeal, highlighted the broad support the project had received.
“I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to the all the volunteers, partners, sponsors, and donors who made today’s transfer of ambulances possible,” said Holuk.
Four of the ambulances will be used as mobile clinics in cities in the Kharkiv region: Pervomaysk, Valkiv, Bluyzyuky, and Barvinkove, providing mobile assistance to vulnerable populations. Three more ambulances are headed to hospitals in Ternopil, Chernivtsi, and Kharkiv, in addition to four fully-equipped ambulances that had previously been provided to military hospitals in Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Vinnytsia in September of 2015.
The ambulances are a reminder of the ongoing and serious conflict in Ukraine, which has seen a death toll approaching 10,000, nearly a quarter of them civilians.