23rd humanitarian convoy goes from Russia to Donbass

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More than 120 cargo vehicles are delivering food, medicine, articles of daily necessity, medical supplies, seeds and potatoes for the sowing campaign, construction materials.

The Russian EMERCOM has sent the 23rd humanitarian convoy to Donbass, has reported the National Crisis Management Center on Thursday.

“At 4 p.m. Moscow time, over 120 vehicles left the EMERCOM and began moving towards the state border. They are carrying more than 1.4 thousand tons of humanitarian aid,” a representative of the National Emergency Management Center told “Interfax”.

According to him, among the cargoes are food, articles of daily necessity, medical supplies, seeds and potatoes for the sowing campaign, construction materials.

“The vehicles are driven by experienced rescuers who during their work had carried out dozens of humanitarian operations around the world,” told the National Emergency Management Center. The humanitarian aid is also delivered by the medical and technical staff to ensure timely aid to road drivers and to other people who accompany the cargo.

At the border the convoy, as usual, will be divided into two: some vehicles will go the Donetsk checkpoint to proceed to Luhansk; the second convoy will pass customs control at the border checkpoint “Matveyev Kurgan”, and then will continue moving towards Donetsk.

The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics noted that they counted only on aid from Russia. Earlier, the UN said to be forced to stop providing take-home rations for residents of the two republics due to lack of funding.

Since mid-August 2014 EMERCOM convoys have already delivered more than 28.5 thousand tons of priority humanitarian goods to Donbass.

Text and pictures by INTERFAX.RU