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Russian humanitarian convoy trucks return home — Emergencies Ministry

December 25, 2014, 13:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Ten convoys were sent to Donbas from August to December, they delivered over 13,400 tons of critically important cargoes

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MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Over 180 trucks, which delivered humanitarian cargoes to the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, successfully returned to their bases, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Drobyshevsky, told TASS on Thursday.

Ten convoys were sent to Donbas from August to December. They delivered over 13,400 tons of critically important cargoes, including foodstuffs, electronic equipment, wastewater treatment plants, construction materials, medicines and New Year gifts.

“The work allowed us to avoid the humanitarian catastrophe and create conditions for stabilizing the social, economic and epidemiological situation in the above mentioned regions. The work continues,” Drobyshevsky said.

Earlier, Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said the regular humanitarian convoy to Donbas may be formed in early January. “We are planning to work, and if needed, additional humanitarian cargoes will be sent to Donbas. Most likely, this will happen in the beginning of January 2015,” Puchkov said.

The minister explained that the convoy is being formed based on the citizens’ needs and in the framework of international agreements. “All the schedules are coordinated with the Ukrainian side, the Red Cross and the Donbas representatives. We strictly abide by all the international agreements and all the international demands,” he stressed.

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