Pentagon officially approves plan to treat Ukrainian troops at US hospital in Germany

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WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – The Pentagon officially approved a plan to treat wounded Ukrainian troops at a US military hospital in Germany in late June, a defense official said on Tuesday.

Nearly five months since President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Russia’s neighbor, his forces are scouring the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, occupying about a fifth of the country.

The Kiev government said in June that 100 to 200 Ukrainian soldiers were being killed every day.

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A US official said on condition of anonymity that no Ukrainian troops had been treated so far and US troops would not go to Ukraine to extract Ukrainian personnel.

It’s unclear how many Ukrainian troops were wounded, but thousands of civilians died and millions fled. Russian artillery fire and airstrikes have pulverized cities.

It is unclear whether Ukrainian troops have been treated in other countries such as neighboring Poland.

Ukrainian troops would be treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center if needed, the official said.

Located adjacent to Ramstein Air Base southwest of Frankfurt, it is the largest US military hospital outside of the continental United States.

The United States has already trained Ukrainian forces in Germany and provided more than $8 billion in security assistance to the Kyiv government.

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Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Grant McCool

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