Ukraine sends note of protest to Russia over recent 'humanitarian convoy' to Donbas
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has sent a note of protest to the Russian government in response to the so-called "humanitarian convoy" Russia has recently delivered to the east of Ukraine.
"Yet another note of protest has been submitted to the Russian government in response to its 'humanitarian convoy.' It crossed the border into Ukrainian Donbas which is temporarily occupied by Russia," Press Secretary of Ukraine's MFA Kateryna Zelenko wrote on Twitter on December 19, 2019.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations on Thursday sent its 96th "humanitarian convoy" to Donbas.
UNIAN memo. Russia has been sending "humanitarian" aid to Donbas since August 2014. More than 70,000 tonnes of such aid has already been supplied.
Ukrainian customs officers and border guards are not allowed to examine "humanitarian" trucks coming from Russia to the territories of Ukraine beyond government control. Moreover, Ukrainian officials earlier said they had proof that the "humanitarian" cargo included, among other things, weapons, ammunition, and anti-tank grenades.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly called on Russia to cease violations of Ukraine's sovereignty through supplies of the so-called "humanitarian" assistance.