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Israel plans to set up a field hospital to provide medical treatment for refugees in western Ukraine, officials said on Monday.

The project is spearheaded by the country’s foreign and health ministries, according to a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office. The hospital should be operational by next week, the foreign ministry said.

“It’s an initiative that not many countries can take upon themselves, and Israel has this ability and we are going forward,” Mr Bennett said.

The Foreign Ministry said the hospital will operate for a month, providing refugees with an emergency room, a delivery room, and other services.

It has dubbed the operation Kochav Meir – Hebrew for “Shining Star” – after the country’s first female prime minister, Golda Meir, who was born in Ukraine and founded the Foreign Ministry’s international development unit.

Israel has good relations with both Ukraine and Russia and has worked as an intermediary between the two countries since Russia invaded. In recent days, however, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has become increasingly outspoken in his condemnations of Russia’s invasion of its western neighbour.

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