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"Come Back Alive" and raising UAH 18.9 million for case evacs for the Army 

The Foundation for Competent Assistance to the Army “Come Back Alive” together with have launched the “Hope Wheels” project. Its goal is to raise UAH 18,900,000 to buy seven specially equipped case evacuation vehicles for the combat brigades of the Ukrainian Defense Forces that are constantly on the front line.

The evacuation vehicles will be equipped on the basis of Toyota Land Cruiser 78 off-road vehicles. The vehicles will be additionally equipped with a lighting system, an inverter and batteries, a specially designed system for fixing and transporting the wounded, organizers, fasteners and all the necessary equipment for first aid. The vehicles will contain nodal tourniquets, splints, bandages, breathing support, monitoring of vital signs, extraction, etc.

As of the winter of 2024, there are not enough such vehicles in the supply of the Defense Forces to save our defenders. The evacuation of the wounded is carried out mostly by non-medical transport. It can take from 2 to 12 hours or even longer. 

“We chose a Toyota Land Cruiser 78 for the case evacuation vehicles based on the experience of combat medics. It is important that the evacuation transport is reliable, all-terrain, fast and properly equipped,” says Lyudmyla Pautets, head of the tactical medicine instructor department at the Come Back Alive Foundation.

The casevacs (ambulances) will be used by medics at the most difficult stage of evacuation – when transporting the wounded off-road directly from the fields and positions to stabilization centers and advanced surgical teams. 

“The vehicles will have all the conditions to start extended assistance to the wounded already at this stage of evacuation,” notes Liudmyla Pautets. “At the request of medics, we additionally equip the vehicles with means to stop bleeding from nodal areas, active thermal blankets to combat hypothermia, which is especially important in the cold season, and means of evacuation and transfer of the injured.”

“From the first days of the full-scale invasion, the team, like many Ukrainians, has been helping to drive the orcs out of our land. The mission of service is to help Ukrainians buy medicines that are sometimes life-saving, so this project has been very much in the heart of our team. We ask everyone to join in to save as many lives as possible,” says Yevhen Muravschyk, co-founder of