BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Tuesday that a multimillion-dollar medical aid package would be sent to Ukraine.
The medical equipment donated by the Maryland Department of Health includes 485,000 bandages and wound care supplies, and 200 ventilators, including medical ventilators for hospital intensive care units as well as portable ventilators.
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Maryland State Police also donated hundreds of pieces of body armor, including tactical vests and shields, Hogan said.
“It’s about $5 million in aid, and to put that in perspective of what 170 pallets look like, it’s a cargo plane,” said Baltimore-Odesa committee chair Karina Mandell. Sister City.
These elements “Sending a loud and clear message to Russia that here in Maryland, we are on the side of peace and freedom,” Hogan said.
Shipments of more than 170 medical supplies are leaving immediately, with the first shipment leaving the United States tomorrow and more leaving soon. The state partnered with the Paul Chester Children’s Hope Foundation to facilitate the donation, which previously worked with the state to send 50 ventilators to Ukraine.
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“Every day, like many of us, we check our phones for updates on who may have been injured, who has been affected by the latest shelling,” Mandell said.
Hogan said the plan was developed after speaking two weeks ago with the mayor of Odessa, a major Ukrainian port city with a longstanding relationship with Baltimore.
“The atrocities unfolding in Ukraine have reminded us all why strong ties and alliances are so essential, and why it is so important that we do all we can to support our allies in times of need,” said Hogan. said.
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Hogan and State Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that they would apply additional economic pressure on Moscow by severing all formal and financial ties with Russia.
In March, Hogan told Russian Governor Aleksander Drozdenko that he would end Maryland’s sister state relationship with Leningrad Oblast, a region in northwestern Russia.
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“Today we send an even louder and more powerful message that can potentially help save lives,” Hogan said. “And I want to thank our state government team for working around the clock over the past week to make this possible.”