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Russia sends 56 cars of “humanitarian aid” to Donbas
12:23, 24 August 2017
Russia sends 56 cars of “humanitarian aid” to Donbas

The trucks are half-full

12:23, 24 August 2017

State Border Service

On Thursday, August 24, the Russian Emergencies Ministry has sent 56 trucks with “humanitarian aid”, which is yet another, 68thhumanitarian convoy" from Russia to occupied Donbas territories.

“56 trucks came; these are the cars of so-called “humanitarian convoy”. Allegedly it’s mostly carrying food, but we can’t affirm that, because our inter-service group has only surveyed the convoy visually, without implementing the inspection. The characteristic feature – the trucks were about half-full,” Oleh Slobodiab, Advisor to the Head of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service told 112.UA

Related: Red Cross sends 90 tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk Oblast

As the press center of the State Border Guard Service informed, from 6:30 to 7:55 am, 2 columns of the “humanitarian convoy” went through Russian checkpoints Matveev Kurgan and Donetsk. The cargo allegedly contains food packages for children, medicine, medical equipment, and educational books for the new academic year.

However, the cargo was in sealed packages, the Ukrainian group couldn’t get the information on its content. The trucks are to go through Izvaryne and Uspenka checkpoints.

As we reported earlier, Russian Emergencies Ministry announced sending the convoy yesterday.

Russia has been sending this "aid" since August 2014. 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: Germany to allocate $1 mln for UN humanitarian aid to Donbas IDPs

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