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Russia’s convoy with humanitarian aid for Donbas crosses border into Ukraine

February 20, 2015, 9:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Fifteen trucks carry more than 100 tons of cargo to Donetsk, and fifteen other trucks will deliver around 100 tons to Luhansk
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MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Two Russian Emergencies Ministry’s (EMERCOM) convoys with humanitarian aid for Donbas have completed customs clearance at border checkpoints in the Rostov Region.

"All cargoes are registered in accordance with the procedure. Two convoys crossed the state border [between Russia and Ukraine]. One is headed for Luhansk, the other - for Donetsk," deputy director of EMERCOM National Center for Management in Crisis Situations Oleg Voronov said on Friday.

Fifteen trucks carry more than 100 tons of cargo to Donetsk, and fifteen other trucks will deliver around 100 tons to Luhansk.

"This aid is meant for those cities which suffered the most, where the humanitarian situation is really difficult. Among them are Debaltsevo and other settlements. There is not enough food and necessities there. EMERCOM urgently formed an additional convoy with humanitarian aid following Russian prime minister’s instructions," Voronov said. Cargoes mostly consist of food, he added.

Ukraine’s border control service officers did not participate in customs clearance of the EMERCOM convoy with humanitarian aid for Donbas. "They did not arrive and did not provide any explanations," spokesman for border control service in the Rostov Region Pavel Belov told journalists at the Donetsk-Izvarino checkpoint.

Doctors and psychologists accompany convoys to provide assistance if necessary.

On Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered to render assistance to civilians in Debaltsevo and other settlements in the conflict zone with difficult humanitarian situation.

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