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Motor convoy with relief supplies goes from Moscow to Crimea’s Sevastopol

March 14, 2014, 14:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Relief supplies comprise 20 tons of medicines and school supplies

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MOSCOW, March 14. /ITAR-TASS/. A motor convoy with relief supplies for the Crimean city of Sevastopol departed from Moscow stadium Luzhniki on Friday. “Moscow needed exactly a week to hold consultations with our colleagues from Sevastopol to find out which humanitarian aid is needed for our twin city and Sevastopol residents,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told reporters on Friday.

In his words, a motor convoy of “60 vehicles with relief supplies” has been formed in a week. The motor convoy includes buses for public transport, utility vehicles and fire trucks. Relief supplies comprise “20 tons of medicines and school supplies.”

Meanwhile, the mayor added that on Friday another ten trolleybuses will be delivered to the city of Sevastopol by rail. Alongside, city authorities already started forming a batch of medical equipment of around 500 pieces. In Sobyanin's view, the humanitarian aid will permit to improve medical services in Sevastopol and raise them to the level of the Russian capital.

The mayor talked to emergency workers and Moscow transport personnel who are delivering relief supplies to Crimea. The mayor said with hope that relief supplies would be delivered timely.

The humanitarian convoy is to pass 1,700 kilometers. From Luzhniki stadium vehicles will drive along Leninsky Avenue, then on the federal highway M4 and to a ferry line from the Russian port Kavkaz to the Crimean city of Kerch. The motor convoy consists of 20 buses, minivans, including those for delivery of disabled people, 12 units of utility vehicles, ten fire trucks, an ambulance and two construction site hoists for bridge repair. Six trucks were needed for delivery of relief supplies.

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