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New humanitarian convoy travels from Russia to Ukrainian Donbass

August 20, 2015, 5:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Convoy of more than 100 trucks is carrying more than 1,000 tons of relief, including food, medicines and items of first necessity to the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions
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MOSCOW, August 20. /TASS/. A new humanitarian aid convoy from Russia is traveling towards the state border with Ukraine, a source from the press service of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has told Tass.

The source said the convoy left the Don Rescue Centre of the Emergencies Ministry in the Ukraine-bordering Rostov region at 4 am, Moscow time, on Thursday.

The 36th humanitarian convoy of more than 100 trucks is carrying more than 1,000 tons of relief, including food, medicines and items of first necessity to the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The food cargo includes pasta, flour, sugar, tea, vegetable oil and tinned food.

At the state border it will split into two equal parts, one of which will head to the Donetsk region, and another one - to the Luhansk region, the source said.

The convoy is self-sustainable, having medics as well as technical personnel, who can repair vehicles if necessary.

From August 2014, Russian humanitarian convoys have delivered to Donbass more than 43,000 tons of aid.

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