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Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the provision of humanitarian aid to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions

1898-12-08-2014

In order to provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Russia, in coordination with Ukraine and the International Committee of the Red Cross, has dispatched humanitarian aid, including food, medicine and power generation equipment. Russia has accommodated the wishes of Ukraine regarding the convoy’s route, cargo inspection and other details of the operation.

The humanitarian mission will involve 262 vehicles, of which 198 will carry trailers loaded with supplies and power generators with a total weight of 1,809.9 tonnes.

The cargo includes: 69 power generators, 400 tonnes of assorted grains, 340 tonnes of canned meat, 30 tonnes of salt, 100 tonnes of sugar, 60 tonnes of canned milk, 0.8 tonnes of tea, 679.5 tonnes of bottled water, 62.4 tonnes of baby food, 54 tonnes of medical supplies, and 12,300 sleeping bags.

The convoy will pass through a checkpoint agreed by Russia and Ukraine – Shebekino-Pletnyovka on the border of the Belgorod (Russian Federation) and Kharkov (Ukraine) regions. After crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border, the convoy will proceed under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Russia expects full cooperation from Ukraine to ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

Given the foregoing, the claims by Ukrainian officials that the convoy route has not been coordinated and new logistical requirements constantly being added by them are perplexing. We expect that the terms for delivery of humanitarian cargo previously agreed with Ukraine will be observed.

12 August 2014