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Russian humanitarian convoy ready to enter Ukraine — Foreign Ministry

August 20, 2014, 12:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The lead group of the Red Cross representatives has already set out along the planned route of the convoy
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MOSCOW, August 20. /ITAR-TASS/. A convoy of Russian trucks carrying humanitarian aid for the embattled south-eastern Ukrainian regions is ready to cross the border into Ukraine as the first group of the Red Cross representatives has already set out along the planned delivery route, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement on Wednesday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov discussed the situation concerning the Russian humanitarian aid for Ukraine with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Operations for Europe and Central Asia department Laurent Corbaz at a meeting in Moscow.

According to the statement, the officials discussed “issues concerning the immediate delivery of the Russian humanitarian cargo to the embattled regions in Ukraine’s south-east.” “The lead group of the Red Cross representatives has already set out along the planned route (of the convoy),” the statement added.

Russia dispatched a convoy of trucks with humanitarian supplies for the population of south-east Ukraine last week. Humanitarian supplies include foodstuffs, baby food, medicines and drinking water.

The aid convoy includes 270 trucks carrying 2,000 tons of basic necessities for residents of south-eastern Ukraine. The Russian authorities said the humanitarian cargo included 400 tons of groats, 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons of medicines and medical items, 12,000 sleeping bags and 69 mobile power units.

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