Part of fourth Russian humanitarian convoy has reached Donetsk
A Russian humanitarian aid convoy has arrived in eastern Ukraine's Lugansk and Donetsk regions, Russian media reported Sunday.
"Over 50 trucks with over 350 tons of cargo have arrived in Donetsk," said Oleg Voronov, deputy chief of the National Crisis Management Center of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.
"No emergency happened en route and the vehicles are working properly," Voronov said.
Another 20 trucks of the humanitarian convoy arrived in Lugansk earlier on Sunday morning and are currently being unloaded.
"As the trucks finish unloading, they will head for Russia's Rostov region," Tass news agency quoted Voronov as saying.
Voronov said that Russia planned to send over 450 tons of aid, including foods, building materials and so on, to the two Ukrainian regions this time.
As the convoy was checked at the Donetsk and Matveyev Kurgan border checkpoints in Rostov region, the customs procedures were observed by Ukrainian border guard and inspectors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
This is the seventh Russian humanitarian convoy sent to eastern Ukraine since August. Altogether, humanitarian aid including food, water, power generators and medication was delivered to residents in Donetsk and Lugansk, in addition to clothes and other winter supplies for them to get through the harsh weather.
The previous convoy consisting of 20 trucks arrived in eastern Ukraine on Nov. 4, delivering more than 100 tons of aid.