MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. More than 1,400 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have already been delivered to Ukraine, Mikhail Mizintsev, chief of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Thursday.
"A total of 1,421 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have been delivered to Ukraine. As many as 186 humanitarian operations have been conducted, including 18 in the past day in the Chernigov, Zaporozhye, and Kharkov regions, and in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Thirty-four tonnes of food products, medicines and articles of daily necessity were distributed among people," he said.
According to Mizintsev, 25 humanitarian operations are being held today in the Chernigov, Kherson, and Kharkov region, and in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. It is planned to deliver a total of 250 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation in order to protect people "who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years." The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, its goals were denazification and demilitarization of that country.
When clarifying the unfolding developments, the Russian Defense Ministry reassured that Russian troops are not targeting Ukrainian cities, but are limited to surgically striking and incapacitating Ukrainian military infrastructure. There are no threats whatsoever to the civilian population.