Russia sends 79th "humanitarian convoy" to Donbas

11:00, 27 July 2018
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"The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's 79th humanitarian convoy has fulfilled its mission. Humanitarian aid has been delivered to residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Empty vehicles of the ministry's convoy have returned to the Donskoy rescue operations center," the ministry said on its website on July 26.

They delivered over 500 tonnes of "humanitarian aid."

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The Russian side claims the bulk of the cargo included children's food kits, medications and medical equipment.

Russia began the practice of dispatching its "humanitarian" convoys to occupied Donbas in August 2014. In total, Russia has sent about 75,000 tonnes of "humanitarian" aid to eastern Ukraine since then.

Ukrainian customs and border officers have not been allowed to inspect the cargo. The Ukrainian side has long claimed it has proof that weapons, ammunition, anti-tank grenades have been transported along with humanitarian freight.

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