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Russia prepares 44th humanitarian convoy for Donbas

November 09, 2015, 8:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to Russia’s Emergencies minister, the humanitarian situations in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions remain very complicated

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MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Trucks of the Russian Emergencies Ministry carrying humanitarian cargo for Donbas have left their base near Moscow to head for southern Rostov region, where the 44th convoy for Donbas is being formed now, the ministry’s press service told TASS on Monday.

"This morning, from the ministry’s Noginsk (near Moscow) rescue center trucks left for the Rostov region, where they will become a part of another convoy with humanitarian aid for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the press service said.

In the southern region, the trucks from Noginsk and vehicles from Russia’s other region will form a convoy, which is expected to leave for Donbas within days.

On Friday, Russia’s Emergencies minister Vladimir Puchkov said at a meeting with the UN Deputy Secretary-General Stephen O’Brien "the humanitarian situations in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions remain very complicated." The minister said his authority had sent to the Ukrainian regions 43 humanitarian convoys with the cargo over 52,000 tons, which included food, medicines, essentials and everything necessary for sustainable work of all social facilities and of infrastructures.

"We have also supplied books for students and school pupils," he said. "And of course, by every humanitarian convoy we have been shipping equipment for our counterparts, fire brigades and rescuers, who in complicated situations are extinguishing fires and coping with emergencies." In sending the humanitarian convoys, the ministry complies fully with requirements of international documents on humanitarian aid, cooperates with the structures of the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ukrainian counterparts.

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