Andrii Pavelko and Andrii Shevchenko handed over a ventilator to the military hospital

The head coach of the national team of Ukraine on behalf of the coaching staff of the blue-yellows handed over humanitarian aid to doctors and the military.

Today, June 6, in the framework of close cooperation between the Ukrainian Association of Football and the Main Military Clinical Hospital, which turned 265 this year, the UAF President and the UEFA Executive Committee member Andrii Pavelko, the head coach of the national team of Ukraine Andrii Shevchenko, as well as Epicenter representative Taras Hereha and Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko visited the medical institution. The guests were received by the Chief of the National Military Medical and Clinical Center, Major General of the Medical Service Anatolii Kazmirchuk and the Deputy Commander of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Andrii Halushka.

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During the visit, the UAF representatives handed over to the country's main hospital 100 pairs of goggles, 100 protective suits, 500 pairs of gloves, 500 masks and a ventilator needed by the hospital to tackle COVID-19.

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"It is a great honor for us to provide the hospital with a ventilator and personal protective equipment for doctors and combatants who are being treated here, - said Andrii Pavelko. - I am sincerely grateful to Andrii Shevchenko, the entire national team, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and our partners, Epicenter, for participating in this important social event".

Even the slightest help in the fight against the pandemic brings victory over it and a full-fledged revival of football life in Ukraine. Many thanks to the Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine, thanks to whom we returned the competition in the UPL together. Now it is important to follow all the rules and later return the fans to the stadiums, which will be our next main task. After all, starting in September, we expect the return of matches of our national team, which has always gathered full stands at all stadiums. Everyone is looking forward to it, so I want to be able to watch the bright game of the blue-yellows not only on television but also directly in the stands. Without fans, it is impossible to imagine the support of the main team of the country. We will keep up working, but let's not forget that the pandemic is still going on, and we all need to be careful and think through every step, because it concerns the health of our fans, players, referees".

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Viktor Lyashko reminded that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, but the support received by the military and doctors from the UAF and Ukrainian sports stars will help to overcome the threat faster. "Despite the fact that we have launched the stages of quarantine mitigation, the coronavirus epidemic is still ongoing - both in the world and in Ukraine", said Viktor Lyashko. - Therefore, one of the criteria that allows us to get out of quarantine is the readiness of the health care system to respond to hazards, including biological threats. Therefore, a huge thank to all who joined the support of the health care system, who help to provide the material and technical base, first of all, of infectious diseases hospitals and therapeutic departments. Our comprehensive cooperation is what helps Ukrainians today. Once again, a big thank to everyone who joined this action, to everyone who helped save the lives of Ukrainians. Special thanks to our honored football heroes, the Ukrainian Association of Football. You show by your own example how everyone else can also get involved. By working together, we will get out of quarantine, and the health care system will be ready to respond to any biological threats".

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Andrii Shevchenko, who visits military hospitals in various cities throughout his work in the country's main team, said: “I am very pleased that today there is an opportunity to help the Ukrainian army. The national team, its players, when possible, always support our military. We were in hospitals in Kharkiv, Lviv and other cities. When the boys get together, they are always happy to come to the military to help them and give positive emotions. Today we have the opportunity to contribute to this cause - from the national team, from the coaching staff, from the Ukrainian Association of Football to help our military. We are happy to join this event and will always support our army.

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It is very good that the Ukrainian championship has finally started, it is good for the national team. The championship immediately started with the main clash of Shakhtar and Dynamo. It is clear that there was a pause, the guys lost their condition, but I'm sure they will return the shape. The game between Shakhtar and Dynamo was interesting. The main thing was that everything was within the framework of security. In my opinion, in the championship there is good competition now in the fight for the highest places. Shakhtar is leading by a margin, and for the second position there will be a tough fight, and let the strongest one win".

Andrii Shevchenko and other guests thanked the defenders of the country for peace, emphasizing that thanks to the exploits of our soldiers, they can do their job calmly, and fans - to watch football. In turn, the military and doctors thanked the UAF and its partners for their support and attention and wished them victory.

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