Lithuania to allocate €43,500 for treatment of injured Ukrainian activists

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Lithuania’s government intends to earmark 150,000 litas (EUR 43,500) for treatment of injured Ukrainian activists in Lithuania. The issue is on the agenda of the Wednesday’s government meeting, the Healthcare Minister’s spokesman Julius Nascenkovas told BNS.

The money for treatment and rehabilitation of the victims of the violent clashes in Ukraine should be provided from the government reserve, the Health Care Ministry said in a draft.

Health Minister Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis said during the Cabinet’s sitting on Wednesday that certain medial treatment is expensive. “Certain medical treatment is expensive. A prosthetic eye costs over 20,000 litas. The amount of funds is what is necessary for the treatment of the planned number of patients,” he said.

Deputy Government Chancellor Remigijus Motuzas said Lithuania is allocating the aid under the Law on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid.

Three injured Ukrainian protesters are currently undergoing treatment in Lithuania, including Dmytro Bulatov who maintains he was abducted and tortured. His story outraged the international community and further escalated the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych that have been held for a few months.

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry that the condition of Bulatov who is undergoing medical treatment in Vilnius “features clear signs of long-term torture and cruel treatment on his body.”

According to the press release, “there have been concerns” in connection to Ukraine’s compliance to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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