Japan nonprofit reports on medical situation in Kyiv

Members of a Japanese non-profit organization have provided details of what they witnessed at hospitals in Kyiv after a visit to the Ukrainian capital earlier this month.

Peace Winds Japan held a news conference in Tokyo on Friday to drum up support for Ukraine.

Doctor Inaba Mototaka said that he saw evacuees returning to where they had lived before Russia's invasion of Ukraine began.

Inaba said that medical institutions in Kyiv are facing difficulty providing ordinary treatment for patients with cancer or cardiac conditions due to a scarcity of medicine and surgical instruments.

He also noted that some hospitals had no choice but to continue to use facilities damaged by Russian attacks. He said those facilities need to be repaired urgently.

Peace Winds Japan plans to send personnel to Ukraine and surrounding countries on a regular basis to help people and hospitals affected by the Russian invasion.