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Russian humanitarian aid trucks leave for Ukraine
August 12, 2014, 5:09 am

File photo of Pro-Russian protesters refusing to leave the government buildings in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk in April 2014 [Xinhua]

File photo of Pro-Russian protesters refusing to leave the government buildings in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk in April 2014 [Xinhua]

A day after Russia and Ukraine agreed to a Red Cross-led humanitarian mission to the war-torn Ukrainian region of Luhansk, a humanitarian convoy sent by Russia’s Emergencies Ministry left Moscow for Ukraine.

Local media reports said almost 300 trucks carrying 2000 tons of aid left for the largely Russian-speaking Eastern Ukraine. Thousands of people are believed to be short of water, electricity and medical aid due to the fighting.

“The convoy will deliver to the inhabitants of eastern Ukraine around 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid collected by Muscovites and residents of the Moscow region,” the administration of the Moscow region told Russian news agency Ria Novosti.

The Russian aid consisted of food items like cereals, sugar, infant food, medical drugs, sleeping bags and power generators.

Meanwhile, in a tit-for-tat response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Ukraine crisis is just a pretext being used by NATO to create tensions with Russia as the alliance seeks a reason to exist. NATO had earlier warned there was a “high probability” that Moscow could intervene militarily in the country’s east.

The UN says more than 1100 people have been killed since Kiev launched its crackdown against pro-Russia rebels.

 

TBP and Agencies

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