Improving medevac times a must to help Ukrainian soldiers survive, officials say

Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the medical training component of Canada’s military assistance mission in Ukraine will make a real and substantive difference for the country’s battered army.

KYIV, Ukraine — Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the medical training component of Canada’s military assistance mission in Ukraine will make a real and substantive difference for the country’s battered army.

Kenney says there will be a particular focus on improving casualty evacuation, which is vital in the survival rates of wounded soldiers.

Ukrainian defence officials acknowledge privately that many injured troops take longer than the so-called “golden hour” to get to field hospitals, but say it’s because medevac helicopters can’t safely land nearby.

Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists have anti-aircraft weapons and say they’re willing to use them against mercy flights.

The officials, who were not authorized to speak to the media, say their challenge is to get the wounded to a safe distance, which can be up to two kilometres away.

They say four-wheel all-terrain utility vehicles like those Canada used to move casualties and supplies in Afghanistan would help save more lives.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

40 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Alberta

Province’s central zone still has no active cases

Red Deerians protest against racism on Saturday

Hundreds filled Red Deer City Hall Park to protest against racism Saturday.… Continue reading

Alberta reports just seven new COVID-19 cases

‘Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated’

PHOTO: Food Truck Drive and Dash in Red Deer

Food Truck Fridays launched its new drive-thru style event this week. Throughout… Continue reading

Golden Circle executive director shaves head, raises more than $11,000

The executive director of the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre has shaved… Continue reading

‘Just went crazy:’ Group gets lots of interest in random camping on public land

EDMONTON — Ryan Epp started a Facebook group in early April to… Continue reading

Some things are best avoided

There are some things you just shouldn’t do. Even on a double-dog… Continue reading

Peter Nunoda: Red Deer College has plenty to celebrate

Friday, we celebrated Red Deer College’s 56th graduating class. It looked different… Continue reading

More protests against anti-black racism expected across Canada today

Anti-racism demonstrators are expected to gather across Canada today to protest police… Continue reading

Cities brace for surge in turnout as George Floyd protests persist across U.S.

WASHINGTON — The outraged Americans flooding the national capital this weekend will… Continue reading

Feds sign $105-million deal with Bombardier for two new Challenger jets

Department of National Defence announced the deal with Bombardier on Saturday

‘It’s brewing’: Inmates, guards worry about violence after COVID-19 lockdown

‘Thirteen weeks in a cage the size of your (bathroom) has been pretty devastating’

Most Read