According to the ministry, those receiving treatment in eight healthcare facilities across Lithuania include members of armed forces and law enforcement officers who fought in the battlefield alongside troops.

The first fighter was brought to Lithuania for rehabilitation early in July and the remaining ones – over the past two days.

“Those patients suffered various combat wounds in the ongoing war, including brain injuries, gunshot injuries, backbone injuries and various blast injuries,” the ministry said in a press release.

The patients would receive secondary and tertiary in-patient medical rehabilitation services, with medical rehabilitation expected to take 24 days on average.

The transfer of fighters from Ukraine is organized and coordinated by a dedicated inter-institutional task group of the Health Ministry in tandem with the Health Emergency Situations Center, while the Ministry of Transport is in charge of the safe transportation of patients to Lithuania.

“We have sent necessary medical supplies and medicines to the hotspots of the war several times already, while our Lithuanian medics went on a mission to help their colleagues without hesitation despite the risks. All of those who have fled war atrocities receive free healthcare service in Lithuania and now we will provide medical rehabilitation to fighters from combat zones,” the press release quoted Health Minister Arunas Dulkys as saying.

“We will stay together with Ukraine unceasingly until its victory and will provide any help necessary,” he added.

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