A health worker checks the body temperature of passengers bound for Ukraine at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Friday. WAM
This initiative is part of the UAE's commitment to cooperating with countries working to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in order to strengthen global efforts to curb the virus’ spread.
Workers load medical equipment at Abu Dhabi Airport. WAM
"This provision of aid by the UAE comes as a gesture of solidarity with countries seeking to bolster their fight against COVID-19. The UAE stands with the leadership and people of Ukraine during this challenging moment that the international community must face as a united front," said Salem Ahmed Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Ukraine.
He added that UAE assistance to Ukraine would enable medical staff to safely perform their professional duties in combating the virus’ spread. He underscored that the UAE extends its support to Ukraine and all countries affected by COVID-19 as they work to overcome this humanitarian crisis.
Ukraine bound passengers queue at the check-in counter in a terminal of Abu Dhabi International Airport. WAM
Furthermore, he noted that the aid plane succeeded in repatriating 113 Ukrainian citizens from the UAE as a result of coordination between Emirati and Ukrainian authorities to ensure their safe return.
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