Russia to send another humanitarian aid convoy to crisis-hit east Ukraine
Iran Press TV
1/3/2015 6:54:15 PM
Russia plans to send another aid convoy to Ukraine's restive east, where sporadic exchanges of fire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russians have deteriorated the humanitarian situation.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Saturday that a convoy of 120 trucks will unload some 1,400 tons of supplies, including foodstuff and baby formula, in the strife-torn Donbass region of Ukraine on January 8.
The shipment is the eleventh relief aid convoy that Russia has dispatched to the eastern regions of Ukraine since August 2014.
The humanitarian crisis is getting worse in eastern Ukraine ever since the central government in Kiev suspended funding and services there in November 2014.
Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Moscow protests in mid-April 2014.
Violence intensified later in May after the two flashpoint regions held local referendums in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.
According to the latest figures released by the United Nations, more than 4,700 people have been killed in the fighting.
Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of having a hand in the chaotic situation in eastern Ukraine. Moscow categorically denies the allegation.
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