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Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Donbass

August 25, 2016, 11:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy delivered 600 tonnes of humanitarian cargo, mainly food, medications and school supplies

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MOSCOW, August 25. /TASS/. A Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy has brought humanitarian aid to the war-torn Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the ministry’s press service told TASS on Thursday.

"More than 70 vehicles delivering 600 tonnes of humanitarian cargo, mainly food, medications and school supplies for educational institutions in the Donbass region have arrived in Lugansk and Donetsk," the press service said, adding that there weren’t any unforeseen obstacles on their way. "The humanitarian cargo was delivered as usual," the ministry stated.

All transport passed through the customs and border control at the Russian-Ukrainian border in the presence of officials from the Ukrainian customs and Border Guard services. Both the vehicles and their corresponding documents were checked. Currently, the trucks are being unloaded in the presence of local authorities who are overseeing the distribution of the humanitarian aid, including at socially significant facilities around the Lugansk and Donetsk regions. "As soon as the last vehicle is unloaded, the fleet will immediately return to the Rostov region," the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

This latest humanitarian convoy for Donbass turned out to be 55th one, and was seen as milestone. Russia has delivered more than 63,000 tonnes of life-saving aid to the region since August 2014, which helped Donbass avoid a humanitarian disaster.

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