Russia sent the 89th humanitarian convoy to the occupied Donbas, as the press office of Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations reports.
“The vehicles of the 89th humanitarian column of Russia’s Emergency Ministry are heading towards the Russian-Ukrainian border. The column will be divided there by two, each of which will move to its direction after the inspection at the checkpoints – one to Donetsk, another – to Luhansk,” the message says.
The representatives of the Russian Ministry stated that they have sent over 500 tons of humanitarian cargo to Donbas, which comprise children’s food packages, medication and medical equipment.
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.