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Russian humanitarian convoy enters Ukraine

Posted on Aug 22 2014 | IANS

Moscow, Aug 22 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) A total of 70 Russian trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered Ukrainian territory Friday after clearing border customs.

The convoy was now headed towards the Luhansk region in the southeastern Ukraine.

Russia Aug 12 dispatched a convoy of some 270 white-painted Kamaz trucks with humanitarian supplies for the population of the war-torn southeast Ukraine.

The Russian authorities said the humanitarian cargo included 400 tonnes of grains, 100 tonnes of sugar, 62 tonnes of baby food, 54 tonnes of medicines and medical items, 12,000 sleeping bags and 69 mobile power generators.

The convoy reached Russia's southern Rostov region Aug 17 and until Thursday was idling near the border waiting for permission to enter Ukraine.

The week-long delay in the delivery of the humanitarian cargo was condemned Thursday by the Russian foreign ministry, which said in a statement that such a situation was intolerable.

According to the UN, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed over 1,500 lives and injured 4,390 people.

Almost 850,000 people have been displaced and forced to flee their homes.

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