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Russian humanitarian convoy for eastern Ukraine reaches Russia’s southern Rostov region

October 30, 2014, 5:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The convoy is carrying about 1,000 tonnes of cargoes — building materials, foodstuffs, medicines and equipment necessary to get prepared for the upcoming winter
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MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. Russian Emergencies Ministry’s humanitarian convoy for residents of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions has reached Russia’s southern Rostov region, Oleg Voronov, a deputy chief of the ministry’s National Crisis Management Center, told TASS on Thursday.

“The convoy of 100 trucks has arrived to the Rostov region, with no accidents or incidents,” he said, adding that the drivers were feeling well and the vehicles were in good condition.

The convoy is carrying about 1,000 tonnes of cargoes — building materials, foodstuffs, medicines and equipment necessary to get prepared for the upcoming winter. Earlier, the ministry’s planes delivered some 100 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes to Rostov-on-Don. These cargoes will later be transshipped to motor vehicles.

Earlier, Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladimir Stepanov said that the Russian humanitarian convoys would deliver up to 3,000 tonnes of relief aid to the Luhansk and Donetsk regions within a week.

This is the fourth Russian humanitarian convoy to eastern Ukraine. The previous three convoys delivered an aggregate of 6,000 tonnes of cargoes — foodstuffs, including cereals and canned foods, medicines, electricity generators, warm clothes, bottled drinking water — to Donetsk and Luhansk.

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