The hospital train helping Ukraine’s sick and wounded

by | Sep 4, 2022 | World

Listen to this story:Lviv, Ukraine – It is 10am on a Tuesday morning in July, and a train has just pulled into a station in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. As the door to one of the carriages creaks open, paramedics on the platform gingerly lift two young men down the stairs and onto stretchers. The day before, both men had been wounded by a bomb blast in the city of Bakhmut in the eastern Donbas region, where Russian forces have been mercilessly shelling for months. One of them is in a jocular mood, cracking jokes with the medical personnel as they gently wheel him to a waiting ambulance. But his pallid face betrays the severe femur injury he has sustained.
Descending the train for a quick break is 35-year-old Nataliia Kyniv. She has been working for the last 17 hours since the men, along with other patients, were transferred from front-line cities. A doctor with the international humanitarian aid organisation Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Kyniv has been caring for the sick and injured on these weekl …

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