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Preparations for humanitarian delivery to southeastern Ukraine completed — FM

August 20, 2014, 20:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“We call for beginning humanitarian deliveries as soon as possible,” the ministry says
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MOSCOW, August 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Preparations for delivering humanitarian aid to south-eastern Ukraine has been completed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov had telephone talks with Laurent Corbaz, the ICRC’s head of operations for Europe and Central Asia, on Wednesday, on Wednesday to discuss the situation concerning Russia’s humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

“We call for beginning humanitarian deliveries as soon as possible,” the ministry said.

“Russia did its best to ensure the safety of the humanitarian convoy and its distribution among the people in need,” it said.

Earlier in the day, Ryabkov and Corbaz said the convoy of Russian trucks carrying humanitarian aid for the embattled southeastern Ukrainian regions was ready to cross the border into Ukraine.

“The first group of the Red Cross representatives has already set out along the planned delivery route,” the ministry said.

Infographics Humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine Humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine
Russia has sent a humanitarian cargo to Ukraine to deliver food, medicines and water to the conflict zone. Infographics by ITAR-TASS
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov discussed According to the statement, the officials discussed “issues concerning the immediate delivery of the Russian humanitarian cargo to the embattled regions in Ukraine’s southeast.”

The ministry also said that the talks between Ryabkov and Corbaz were based on numerous telephone conversations on Tuesday held by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with ICRC President Peter Maurer and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin.

The aid convoy includes about 270 trucks delivering 2,000 tons of basic necessities for southeast Ukraine residents. The Russian authorities said the humanitarian cargo included 400 tons of groats, 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons of medicines and medical items, 12,000 sleeping bags and 69 mobile power units.

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