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Sixth Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy Awaits Green Light to Go to East Ukraine

RIA Novosti

07:52 04/11/2014
Updated 8:06 a.m. Moscow Time

ROSTOV-ON-DON, November 4 (RIA Novosti) - A new Russian convoy for eastern Ukraine is waiting for a go-ahead to carry humanitarian aid cargo to Luhansk and Donetsk, a deputy chief of the national crisis management center at the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Tuesday.

'As planned, the EMERCOM of Russia is sending humanitarian help on a request from the leadership of Donetsk and Luhansk. Today we will be carrying out targeted deliveries of medicine to healthcare institutions and fuel to life sustaining services in the region, including fire departments and emergency services, ambulances and housing authorities,' the Emergency Ministry's Oleg Voronov said.

The 20-truck convoy will carry a 100-ton load of humanitarian cargo, which includes medicine and fuel.

'Drivers are all experienced rescuers from the EMERCOM rescue center in Nogino who have been on dozens of humanitarian missions around the world. They brought more than 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Luhansk on October 31 and November 2. They used the previous 24 hours to rest and recuperate,' Voronov said.

Russia has been sending aid convoys to Ukraine's southeast since August. Hundreds of white-painted trucks have delivered tons of such essentials as food, water, power generators, medicine and warm clothes to Donetsk and Luhansk to replenish their stocks ahead of the coming winter.

Russia's previous humanitarian convoy returned on Sunday to the Rostov region. After being checked by Ukrainian officials at the eastern border with Russia the trucks split into two even groups and proceeded along two roads to deliver the aid to both regions.

In April, Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation in the country's southeast, where people refused to accept the new government that came to power following a coup in February, and called for independence instead.

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