Another shipment of humanitarian aid to Donbas delivered from Russia

Another shipment of humanitarian aid to Donbas delivered from Russia

The Emergency Situations Ministry has been providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since August 2014. Since then, 70 automobile convoys have delivered over 71,000 tonnes of humanitarian cargo to southeastern Ukraine.

On November 23  Russian Emergency Situations Ministry trucks delivered another shipment of humanitarian aid to Donbas residents , the ministry's press service told journalists.

"Automobiles carrying over 500 tonnes of humanitarian cargo, including children's food rations, medicine, medical equipment, and presents for children have arrived in Luhansk and Donetsk. The humanitarian aid was delivered without incidents," the press service said.

The vehicles have been unloaded at warehouses in the presence of representatives of local self-government bodies, who are in charge of distributing the aid, including at socially critical facilities in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. "As soon as the last vehicle is unloaded, all of the automobiles will immediately leave for the Rostov region," it said.

All vehicles and accompanying documents were inspected at two checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border in the presence of Ukrainian customs and border officials, the spokesperson said.

Kyiv has repeatedly protested the delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to Donbas without its clearance, arguing that this violates both Ukrainian law and international practices.

Kyiv has always denied the involvement of Ukrainian customs officers and border guards in clearing the humanitarian cargo from Russia.