During the full-scale war, the number of people with disabilities in Ukraine increased by 300 thousand. This was announced by the Minister of Social Policy Oksana Zholnovich.
According to Zholnovich, there are now 3 million people with disabilities in Ukraine, and a year and a half ago there were 2.7 million. However, she did not specify whether this increase is associated solely with the war. Zholnovich noted that Ukraine now needs rehabilitation specialists and institutions that will help people with recovery. According to her, now this need is felt especially strongly, since Ukraine, for the most part, spends money on the development of the defense industry, and there are almost no funds left for social services.
“Therefore, the support and assistance of international partners, in particular international organizations, is now very important,” concluded Zholnovich.
In August 2023, The Wall Street Journal, citing the world’s largest manufacturer of prosthetics, the German company Ottobock, wrote that during the full-scale war, from 20 thousand to 50 thousand Ukrainians became disabled, losing limbs. However, the actual numbers may be even higher, since it takes a certain amount of time to register patients to receive prostheses. Some of them wait months for surgery.