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OSCE confirms Ukrainian customs officers inspected Russian humanitarian convoy

February 01, 2015, 23:35 UTC+3 VIENNA

According to the SMM, all trucks returned back to Russia by the evening on January 31

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VIENNA, February 1. /TASS/. The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said in a report on Sunday all Russian trucks that had delivered humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine on Saturday were inspected by Ukrainian customs officers.

"All trucks bore the inscription "Humanitarian help from the Russian Federation". The vehicles stopped at the customs control area and the cargo trucks were opened and inspected by Russian border guards and customs officers. The OM observed the Ukrainian officers also taking part in the inspection alongside their Russian counterparts,"the OSCE SMM said in a daily update posted on its website on Sunday.

According to the SMM, all trucks returned back to Russia by the evening on January 31. On the way back, the trucks were stopped at the border crossing point and inspected by Russian and Ukrainian border officers.

Russia’s twelfth humanitarian convoy of more than 170 trucks on Saturday delivered more than 1,500 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Donbass. The cargoes included foodstuffs, medicines, articples of daily necessity, building materials. The previous eleven convoys delivered more than 14,800 toness of humanitarian cargoes to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

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