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Extra aid convoy of Russian Emergencies Ministry heads for Donbas

March 15, 2015, 6:02 UTC+3

More than 80 vehicles will deliver more than 700 tonnes of relief cargoes to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions

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MOSCOW, March 15 /TASS/. An extra aid convoy of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has left for Donbas carrying materials for the spring sowing season in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Oleg Voronov, the deputy head of the National Crisis Management Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, told TASS.

"An unscheduled relief convoy left the Donskoy rescue center at 04:00 Moscow time. More than 80 vehicles will deliver more than 700 tonnes of relief cargoes to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. They include mineral fertilizers and seeds for the spring field works as well as building materials for repairing the damaged buildings," Voronov said.

It took less than 24 hours to prepare the convoy at the Donskoy rescue center where relief cargoes had been delivered from Russia’s southern Rostov region and the Krasnodar and Stavropol territories.

"All the vehicles had undergone technical maintenance prior to the departure. All of them are in good order. The drivers received additional instructions of how they should drive in extreme conditions. They are ready to fulfill the relief mission," Voronov said.

On March 13, the Russian Emergencies Ministry dispatched an unplanned relief column consisting of 50 vehicles to Donetsk and Lugansk. They delivered over 250 tonnes of relief aid for organization of the spring sowing season; life necessities for the local population and materials for the restoration of socially important facilities. The relief cargo also included food, building materials and materials for the spring sowing season.

The departure of extra relief convoys to Donbas was prompted by the need to conduct a spring sowing season as well as by huge destruction in populated localities which are facing acute shortages in building materials necessary for the restoration of housing and socially important facilities.

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