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Russia to send another “humanitarian aid” to Donbas on August 24
17:20, 23 August 2017
Russia to send another “humanitarian aid” to Donbas on August 24

Russia claims they are sending food packages for children, medicine, and educational books

17:20, 23 August 2017

State Border Service

Emergencies Ministry of Russia is to send the 68th so-called “humanitarian convoy” to occupied Donbas on August 24, according to their press service.

“Tomorrow the cars will leave Don rescuing centre of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, and will go to Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine,” the message says.

The Russian ministry says that the column is to carry 750 tons of cargo.

Related: Russia sends the humanitarian convoy to Donbas contrary to law

“The cargo contains food packages for children, medicine, medical equipment, and educational books for the new academic year,” the ministry claims.

The column is to go through Donetsk and Matviiv Kurgan checkpoints.

The Russian authorities have been sending the so-called humanitarian convoys to Ukraine since August 2014. The Russian side claims the trucks carry food, water, medicines, books, agrarian instruments and other necessities. 

Related: Germany to allocate $1 mln for UN humanitarian aid to Donbas IDPs

Ukrainian border guards cannot check the contents of trucks, and Russia refused to send their humanitarian aid through the controlled checkpoints on the border, as requested by Ukraine. Ukraine insists there are weapons and ammunition aboard the trucks, so they reach Kremlin-backed militants that keep on attacking Ukrainian positions. 

Related: Ukraine’s MFA protests against Russian “humanitarian convoy” coming to Ukraine illegally

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