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Four Ukrainian children transported to US for cancer treatment

St. Jude Children's research hospital in Memphis, Tennessee is seen on the afternoon of Thursday, July 15, 2021. (Matt Patterson via AP)

(CNN) — Four Ukrainian children were transported to the United States for cancer treatment with the help of the US State Department and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Tuesday.

According to Price, the State Department helped to airlift the children and “some of their immediate family members from Poland to Memphis International Airport, where they were met and transported to St. Jude.”

“There, the patients will be able to safely resume critical cancer therapy disrupted by the Kremlin’s aggression. They will receive the specialized care they desperately need, and their family members will be afforded sustenance, security, and support from St. Jude,” he said in a statement.

In a tweet, Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted that “Children are among the most vulnerable in a crisis,” saying the State Department was “humbled” to help airlift them.

Civilians, including children, have faced significant violence in Russia’s weeks-long war in Ukraine. As of Friday, at least 847 civilians, including 64 children, had been killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to the United Nations, which said the actual death toll is likely much higher.

Price said the four children “represent a small proportion of the thousands of patients whose cancer treatment has been interrupted and, who, even amid a pandemic and with compromised immune systems, were forced to flee their homes.”

“That is why, together with our allies and partners, we will continue to support our Ukrainian partners as we seek to save lives and bring this needless war to a close,” he said.

CNN has reached out to St. Jude for comment.