Russia's 32nd Donbass Humanitarian Aid Convoy Departs for Ukraine
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04:29 16.07.2015(updated 04:38 16.07.2015) Get short URL
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Russia’s 32nd humanitarian aid convoy for residents of Ukraine’s crisis-hit southeast has left for Ukraine.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s 32nd humanitarian aid convoy for residents of Ukraine’s crisis-hit southeast (Donbass) has left for Ukraine, the Russian Emergencies Ministry informs.
"At 04:00 Moscow time [01:00 GMT] over 100 vehicles left the Donskoy rescue center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and are now headed for the state border," a ministry representative told journalists early on Thursday.
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Russia to Send 32nd Humanitarian Aid Convoy to Donbass on Thursday
The convoy is carrying over 1,000 metric tons of aid, including canned food, sugar, salt and items of first necessity, as well as medicine, office supplies and books, according to the ministry.
Convoy vehicles will split into two groups at the border with Ukraine. Part of the aid will be delivered to the Donetsk region, while the rest will go to Lugansk residents.
Overall, Russia has delivered over 39,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Donbass since August 2014.
The region was severely affected by fighting between Kiev forces and independence supporters, which started in April, 2014. Donbass residents have also been suffering from an economic blockade imposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Donetsk and Lugansk in November, 2014.
Russia plans to send its 33rd and 34th humanitarian aid convoys to Donbass before the end of this month.
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