In pictures – Ukrainian Red Cross Society responds to violent clashes and prepares for any potential escalation

The Ukrainian Red Cross Society, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been responding to the recent outbreaks of violence in Kiev and in other regions of the country. The society is also devising plans to respond should the situation escalate.

Volunteers get ready to go on duty following clashes in Kiev.

During the most intense three day period of unrest, the society administered first aid to 660 people - both protesters and soldiers - and transported many of the injured to hospital.

Volunteers are trained in first aid, but also provide ambulance services and psychosocial support.

Efforts were not limited to medical support, however, as many volunteers were active promoting nonviolence and issues surrounding the Movement’s Fundamental Principles and the protection of Red Cross emblems and - crucially - the people displaying them as they worked.

Medical facilities were prepared to treat the injured following clashes.

Since November, the society has recruited more volunteers who have been active during the clashes in Kiev, but also in other parts of the country.

Volunteers work within the spirit of the Movement's Fundamental Principles.
The Ukrainian Red Cross Society has also provided extensive psychosocial support to those involved in clashes, and also for volunteers who may be affected by the violence.

660 people were treated over a three day period of protests in Kiev.

The Ukrainian Red Cross Society says its volunteers have been on duty 24 hours a day. First aid support has been the immediate priority, but the society has planned for many other scenarios.

Ambulance services mean the injured can reach hospital safely.

Over time, the society says psychosocial support will become vital, and so it is making sure resources are available for both those involved in clashes, but also for volunteers.

Volunteers work around the clock.

Contingency planning will allow the society to focus on the most vulnerable should the situation within Ukrainse escalate over coming weeks and months.