The ICRC said that the Russian convoy was moving toward Ukraine but the committee’s representatives were not escorting it due to unstable security situation.
ICRC spokeswoman Anastasiya Isyuk told ITAR-TASS that in view of heavy artillery shelling of Luhansk overnight the organization needs confirmation of security guarantees from both conflicting parties.
“The convoy with the Russian aid is currently on the move,” she said. “However, we [ICRC] are in no way are part of it.”
The ICRC wrote in its Twitter account earlier in the day that “We've not received sufficient security guarantees from the fighting parties. Our team in Luhansk reports heavy shelling overnight.”
A total of 70 trucks from the Russian humanitarian aid convoy cleared border customs, entered the Ukrainian territory and currently proceed in the direction of the embattled Lugansk region in the southeast of the country.
The convoy reached Russia’s southern Rostov region, bordering on Ukraine, on August 17 and until Thursday was idling near the border waiting for the permission to enter Russia’s neighboring country.
The southeastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been the scene of fierce clashes between troops loyal to Kiev and local militias as the Ukrainian armed forces are conducting a military operation to regain control over the breakaway territories, which on May 11 proclaimed their independence at local referendums and now call themselves the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics.