Five Ukrainian patients who were injured in violence in Ukraine this year have arrived in Estonia for treatment.
Of the five who arrived Friday, three are being treated at the North Estonia Medical Center, and two at the Haapsalu Neurological Rehabilitation Center. The cost of the treatments and transportation is being paid for by money allocated to Estonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Paet said Friday during a press conference that Estonia is ready to accept up to a dozen people injured in Ukraine for treatment in Estonia. “Together with Estonian doctors, it was decided that five patients would currently be brought to Estonia,” he said.
According to Paet, Estonia is ready to provide "all manner of support necessary for Ukraine."
“So far, we have provided 85,000 euros in assistance of those injured in the street clashes on site in Ukraine, so that our support reaches as many people in need as possible,” Paet said. "Several of the injured need long-term treatment. There are very good doctors in Estonia, who can now contribute to the process of healing those affected. A total of nearly 2,000 people were injured in the unrest."
The transportation of injured individuals was supported cooperatively by the North Estonia Medical Center, the local Ukrainian community, and the ministries of social and foreign affairs.
In early February, the foreign ministry supported medical care to Ukrainians via the non-governmental charitable International Renaissance Foundation. At the end of February, Estonia provided 25,000 euros for the activity of Caritas Ukraine. The foreign ministry also donated 10,000 euros' worth of medicines to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Estonia has also decided to increase the number of scholarships awarded to students from Ukraine to study at Estonian universities.