Russia sends the humanitarian convoy to Donbas contrary to law

Source : 112 Ukraine

The load of the means of transport was up to 50-60%, the freight was transported in the close packing
12:43, 27 July 2017

State Border Service

Russian side unilaterally accomplished the execution of the next 67th so-called humanitarian convoy. The press service of the State Border Guard of Ukraine reported this.

‘The column of the so-called humanitarian convoy consisting of 21 trucks passed via the Russian checkpoint Donetsk to the entry to Ukraine’, the message reported.

The child’s food packages, medicaments, construction materials and the fiction were transported in the trucks. The load of the means of transport was up to 50-60%. The freight was transported in the closed packing.

The assistant of the Head of the State Border Guard of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan claimed during the airing of 112 Ukraine that the transportation of the so-called humanitarian convoy took place with the serious violation of the international and the Ukrainian laws.

‘We do not check these humanitarian convoys. First of all, the reason is that Russia violates the international and the Ukrainian law all the time sending these humanitarian convoys. These laws regulate the order of the convoys’ transportation. So, it is strongly incorrectly to provide the juridical legitimation to these humanitarian convoys’, Slobodyan noted.

According to him, the Ukrainian side performed only visual supervision without the accomplishment of the control functions.

‘Our representatives of the State Border Guard of Ukraine and the Fiscal Service of Ukraine are only present during the passage of the so-called humanitarian convoys at the Russian checkpoint and all they can do is the visual supervision in order to define the obviously prohibited items or heavy weaponry. It is only the visual control’, he added.

Russian trucks with so-called “humanitarian aid” enter the Ukrainian territory with violations of international and Ukrainian legislation. Ukrainian border guards cannot check the contents of trucks. Russia refused to send their humanitarian aid through the controlled checkpoints on the border, as requested by Ukraine.

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. Ukraine insists there are weapons and ammunition aboard the trucks, so they reach Kremlin-backed militants that keep on attacking Ukrainian positions and bodies of deceased militants on their way back to Russia. After establishing railway traffic, the ammunition supplies are mainly carried by trains to the occupied territories of Ukraine.

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