MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. More than 1,670 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have already been delivered to Ukraine, Mikhail Mizintsev, chief of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Friday.
"A total of 1,671 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have been delivered to Ukraine. As many as 212 humanitarian operations have been conducted, including 26 in the past day in the Chernigov region, and in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. As many as 250 tonnes of food products, medicines and articles of daily necessity were distributed among people," he said.
According to Mizintsev, 23 humanitarian operations are being held today in the Chernigov, Kharkov, Zaporozhye, and Kiev regions. It is planned to deliver a total of 284 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes.
He also said that Russian federal and regional authorities along with various public organizations and patriotic movements continues to raise humanitarian assistance. More than 16,500 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have been raised.
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.