To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders
Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications
Featured Image Credit: Alamy
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has reportedly ordered a plane to be sent to Ukraine to pick up 20 children with cancer for life-saving treatment in Britain.
Despite how Russian President Vladimir Putin initially stated that civilians would be spared as he sent troops across the border on Thursday (24 February), a 'direct attack' took place on a maternity and children's hospital in Mariupol yesterday (9 March).
While the number of casualties is yet to be confirmed, with at least 17 people suspected as having sustained injuries in the attack, the number of fatalities is stated by the city's deputy mayor as totalling three people, including a child.
British ministers have since ramped up efforts to try and aid children and their families by evacuating them to the UK where they can be 'looked after and receive NHS treatment'.
The plan to fly a plane to the Eastern European country to pick up 20 children who have cancer was reportedly signed off by Javid yesterday, The Sun reports.
A health source stated: "We are urgently making plans to evacuate a number of children and their families to the UK where they will be looked after and receive NHS treatment for their conditions."
A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care told LADbible: "We are working extremely closely with our international partners and the Ukrainian Health Ministry to provide life-saving medical support to Ukrainians in desperate need.
"The UK has already provided over 650,000 medicines and medical items such as wound packs and intensive care equipment, deployed a humanitarian team to the region, and is exploring further options to stand with our Ukrainian friends."
In a tweet, Javid reflected: "Already at least 16 health facilities have been verifiably attacked by Russian forces.
“I don’t believe most Russian people would support these war crimes against their Ukrainian neighbours - no wonder Putin tries to hide behind propaganda.”
Already at least 16 health facilities have been verifiably attacked by Russian forces.— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) March 9, 2022
I don’t believe most Russian people would support these war crimes against their Ukrainian neighbours - no wonder Putin tries to hide behind propaganda.#PutinMustFail https://t.co/i918gOsVgj
While the chartered plane's departure is set to be organised fully in the forthcoming days, the UK has also sent over 500,000 medical supplies to Ukraine.
The supplies include intensive care equipment, wound packs and vital medicine.
Despite how NATO resolved that it would not enforce a no-fly zone above the country or send troops in on the ground over fears of the invasion turning into a 'full-fledged war in Europe,' the alliance stated its plans to continue strengthening its forces in other areas of Eastern Europe, such as Bosnia, Herzegovina and Georgia.
Today's attack on a hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, where maternity & children's wards are located, is horrific.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 9, 2022
Civilians are paying the highest price for a war that has nothing to do with them.
This senseless violence must stop.
End the bloodshed now.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has since branded Russia's attack on the hospital as 'the ultimate proof of genocide against Ukrainians'.
His words have also been echoed by a captured Russian commander, who revealed how the Kremlin has lied to its army. He also opened up about the 'shame' he feels for his involvement in the invasion.
If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information