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Russia prepares 1,800-tonne relief cargo for southeast Ukraine

September 04, 2014, 14:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Negotiations with the Red Cross had already taken place and all Ukrainian customs services had been informed

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MOSCOW, September 04./ITAR-TASS/. More than 1,800 tonnes of humanitarian aid have been prepared for southeast Ukraine, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry deputy head Vladimir Artomonov said on Thursday.

He said 1,848 tonnes of relief supplies were ready for shipping, of which 608 tonnes would be sent by rail and 1,240 tonnes by road.

Negotiations with the Red Cross had already taken place and all Ukrainian customs services had been informed, he said. The delivery date would be set only at the request of the Red Cross and Ukraine's Ministry of Social Policy when the cargo was confirmed as being relief aid, he added.

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