Ukraine, injured Italian journalist returns to Italy

Freelance Mattia Sorbi on an ambulance. Farnesina “Now the treatment will continue in Italy”. The post on social media: “I’m fine, I have a lot to tell”

The Italian freelance journalist Mattia Sorbiwounded in the vicinity of Kherson on 31 August, returns to Italy in Milan with medical assistance, in an operation managed by the Crisis Unit of the Farnesina in collaboration with the Italian Red Cross and the Russian Red Cross “. in a note from the Foreign Ministry, confirming theanticipation given by Adnkronos of the return to Italy of the journalist injured in Ukraine in recent weeks. “Dear friends, I am happy to be able to tell you that I am returning to Italy thanks to the help of the Farnesina. Do not worry, I am fine and soon I will be able to give you my news! I have so much to tell you!”, As he wrote in a post on Facebook in Italian and in English Sorbi.

The note from the Farnesina underlines how the Russian Red Cross “made it possible for the journalist to be transferred from Kherson to Mineralnye Vodi airport, in the Russian Federation, to then continue the journey to Italy via Istanbul with an ambulance set up by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation “. “The Farnesina sincerely thanks the Italian Red Cross and the Russian Red Cross for the collaboration offered in the humanitarian evacuation, ensuring medical care and observation during the entire process and taking care of relations with all the authorities involved” reads the note that underlines that “the Crisis Unit remained in constant contact with the compatriot and the doctors who assisted him”.

“Mattia Sorbi will now continue the treatments in Italy at the specialized structures, with the collaboration of the Italian Red Cross, to achieve full rehabilitation” concludes the note.

“We are very happy to be able to bring the Mattia Sorbi home to whom I wish, on behalf of the entire Italian Red Cross, my best wishes for a speedy recovery”, commented the President of the Italian Red Cross. Francesco Rocca.

“The National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – continued President Rocca – which are not by chance called Sisters, always support each other. We are pleased that this time too, in such a complex and tragic context, our ‘humanitarian network’ has worked. Neutrality is not only a fundamental principle of ours, but it is something capable of making the difference between life and death in areas of crisis and war: neutrality means being able to save lives, when all the actors involved respect our team and health personnel, granting us humanitarian access. Thanks to the Russian Red Cross and its president, Pavel Savchuk, for their support in this delicate operation which, together with the Crisis Unit of the Farnesina, has allowed us to bring our compatriot back to Italy ”.