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Red Cross to inspect Russian aid convoy bound for Ukraine’s east

August 14, 2014, 20:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The convoy moves towards the Ukrainian border amid Western allegations that it is used by Moscow as a disguise for a military intervention
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MOSCOW, August 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Officers of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations accompanying a humanitarian convoy for the embattled eastern Ukraine have offered a representative from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to check the lorries, a well-informed source has told ITAR-TASS.

The convoy moves towards the Ukrainian border amid Western allegations that it is used by Moscow as a disguise for a military intervention.

According to the source, “so far there are only several ICRC officers at the site, and that is why they have started checking whether the number of vehicles is the same as in the documents declared by the Russian side earlier”.

On August 12, a convoy of 262 lorries set off towards the border with Ukraine, carrying about 2,000 tons of food, medicines and household goods. The convoy is still in the Russian territory.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that Russia was taking efforts to agree with Ukraine, the ICRC and the United Nations on humanitarian aid deliveries.

The Russian foreign minister said humanitarian aid was urgently needed in east Ukraine as Luhansk was left without water and electricity and local hospitals were short of “basic medicines”.The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has also stated its readiness to support the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

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