Firefighting in Ukraine: A special report to CTIF from the Ukraine State Emergency Service
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At the CTIF Webinar Wednesday April 6, we opened with a special message from Ukraine: A video made for CTIF describing the situation for firefighters working inside Ukraine, The video contains a special thanks to CTIF for helping to coordinate the international aid efforts, especially through Poland to Ukraine.
According to General Sergei Kruk, Head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, "the units of the State Service perform tasks under extremely difficult conditions of Russian aggression":
"We see, you see, from the media, that no legislation, no laws, no rules for Russian aggression are there. The rules of the Geneva Convention, the requirements of the Geneva Convention, which protect the rescue service during the performance of tasks in combat also do not work", says General Kruk in the video, made especially for CTIF.
According to Ukrainian authorities, 26 rescuers have been killed, six have been captured, and more than 50 rescuers have been injured. Also, claims General Kruk, more than 150 fire stations have been destroyed since the attack on Ukraine began in the end of February.
"More than 3500 of our rescuers serve in the territories that are not controlled by Ukraine... But we carry out our tasks. We are suffering great losses together with many structures and services that protect our state. To date, we have lost more than 300 pieces of firefighting equipment... Intotal, the occupiers destroyed and damaged more than 75000 objects", saus General Kruk.
He goes on to list that 400 objects intended for life support has been destroyed, as well as more than 1000 educational institutions, 285 health care facilities, and more than 71000 residential buildings.
"It is extremely important for us to communicate with a well known and powerful organisation for firefighters and rescuers (like) CTIF. We have hope for further deep interaction and cooperation. We thank all those countries that ensure function, the entire organisation, and provide assistance for the rescue service. It is extremely important and extremely effective. And we need it all the time, especially during this period.... Thank you for your support", General Kruk says in the video.
The video then goes on to show a collage of some very strong images of what has allegedly been happening in Ukraine since the beginning of the armed conflict began on February 24, 2022.