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Russia sends 79th humanitarian convoy to Donbas

It is noted that the convoy had more than 500 tons of the humanitarian cargo
12:40, 26 July 2018

State Border Service

Russia sent the 79th humanitarian convoy to the occupied Donbas, as the press office of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry reports.

“The vehicles of the 79th humanitarian convoy of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry arrived in the destination. Now, the unloading of the humanitarian aid in being conducted at the special pick-up locations in Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Then, the cargo will be spread throughout the relevant organizations on socially significant objects in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and among the population in need,” the message says.

The representatives of the Russian service ensure that all of the convoy vehicles were checked by the representatives of the customs and border service.

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“After the unloading the vehicles will head to Don Rescue Centre through Donetsk and Matveev Kurgan checkpoints,” the representatives of the Minsitry told.

It is noted that the convoy had more than 500 tons of the humanitarian cargo, including children’s food packages, medication and medical equipment.

Related: Russia sent its 77th ‘humanitarian convoy’ to occupied Donbas

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. 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.

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