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Russian convoy delivers humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Luhansk

February 15, 2015, 5:46 updated at: February 15, 2015, 12:07 UTC+3

All the trucks have passed the customs and border control

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MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. A convoy of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has delivered to Donetsk and Luhansk the humanitarian aid, deputy head of the ministry’s centre for crisis situations Oleg Voronov told TASS on Sunday.

Both Donetsk and Lugansk have received 900 tonnes of humanitarian cargo, the ministry’s representative said.

The aid includes mostly food, as well as construction materials and medicines. For students of the Donetsk National University the convoy has delivered text books and manuals.

Unloading is underway.

Volunteers, who will unload the cargo, and locals come to greet the white trucks carrying signs Humanitarian Aid From Russian Federation.

"After the unloading, the convoy will head back for Russia's Rostov region", Voronov said.

"The relief convoy was formed in the territory of the Rostov region over the past week. Cargoes were delivered from various parts of Russia," deputy head of the ministry’s centre for crisis situations said adding that the Russian Emergencies Ministry had practiced to perfection all the mechanisms of dispatching aid to Donbas from the convoy’s formation to the aid’s delivery to the final destination in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

On February 14, the Emergencies Ministry staff allowed reporters to look inside the trucks, which the latter chose to their own discretion.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry leadership has said many times that the ministry will continue sending relief aid to Donbas so long as the region needs it.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry 13 truck convoys have delivered more than 18,000 tonnes of relief cargoes to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions since August last year.

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