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Russia’s 31st humanitarian aid convoy heads to Donbass

June 25, 2015, 5:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The 100-truck convoy is to supply Donbass with over 1,000 tonnes of relief aid - foodstuffs and 32 tonnes of medicines airlifted to the regional capital city Rostov-on-Don
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MOSCOW, June 25. /TASS/. The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s convoy with humanitarian aid has set off to Donbass.

"At 04.00 a.m. Moscow Time (01.00 GMT) the convoy of the Russian Emergencies Ministry set off towards the Russian state border from the Donskoi rescue centre," the ministry’s press service told TASS on Thursday.

The 100-truck convoy is to supply Donbass with over 1,000 tonnes of relief aid - foodstuffs and 32 tonnes of medicines (insulin, immunosuppressors and disinfectants) airlifted to the regional capital city Rostov-on-Don. The foodstuffs are pasta, cereal, flour and tea.

Before the journey all the trucks underwent technical inspections and maintenance works. The drivers listened to safety instructions and to tips on driving in extreme conditions.

"Health workers and service personnel have been included in the convoy to render urgent assistance to the drivers," the ministry said.

After leaving the Donskoi rescue centre, the convoy will split into two parts, with the first making its way to Donetsk after having passed all the required procedures at the Matveyev Kurgan border checkpoints and the other - to Lugansk - through the Donetsk border checkpoint.

Russia’s Emergency Ministry is dispatching the 31st truck convoy with humanitarian aid to Donbass since last August, supplying the war-damaged regions with over 38,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid in total.

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