Red Cross to provide treatment to Ukrainian refugees in Russia

MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and the Italian Red Cross will bankroll around 350,000 euros for medical and social support for Ukrainians who fled to Russia from fighting in southeastern Ukraine, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Representation in Russia, Belarus and Moldova, Davron Mukhamadiyev, said on Friday.

As he put it, around 600-700 people from Ukraine staying in Russia have not settled their legal status. "They cannot count for full medical service, especially in treating chronic illnesses, as well as tuberculosis and HIV infections," Mukhamadiyev added. As he put it, the Russian Red Cross mapped out the regions where Ukrainian citizens mostly lived - these are the Rostov, Belgorod, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Volgograd and Krasnodar Regions. It is in these regions that the Russian Red Cross will start delivering help to these people.

"We estimate the needs at around 1.5 mln euros. We have received one third of this sum, so we can treat some of the patients," he said.

Medical service will be provided in Russia^s public health facilities. "The Red Cross will provide help so that this category of citizens came for examination, because they are sometimes afraid and think they will be ejected or won^t be treated. Our task is to improve awareness that they have access to treatment, and that we will compensate this treatment," Mukhamadiyev explained.