MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. More than 150 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes were delivered to people in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), and in Ukraine’s Kherson region during the day, Mikhail Mizintsev, chief of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Monday.
"Four humanitarian operations were held on May 16, 2022 in the Donetsk People’s Republic, and in the Kherson region. As many as 155 tonnes of food products and articles of daily necessity were distributed among people," he said.
According to Mizintsev, who heads the Russian Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine, since March 2, a total of 20,437.4 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have already been delivered to Ukraine by Russia. As many as 1,017 humanitarian operations have been conducted, including three during the past day in the Kharkov and Zaporozhye regions when 113 tonnes of relief aid were delivered.
He also said that some 23,000 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have been raised in Russia to be dispatched to Ukraine.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but aimed to demilitarize and denazify the country.