OSCE: 79th Russian convoy crossed into Ukraine, returned through Donetsk Border Crossing Point

21:40, 27 September 2018
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On September 27 at 06:33 (Moscow time), the seventy-ninth Russian convoy arrived at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of 16 vehicles were checked by Russian Federation border guards and customs officers prior to their crossing into Ukraine. All 16 vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation by 14:01 on September 27.

"On September 27 at 06:33, the Observer Mission observed the arrival of a Russian convoy at the gate of the Donetsk BCP. A Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) team co-ordinated and led the movements of the convoy. The convoy consisted of ten cargo trucks and six support vehicles, including one ambulance. Five out of ten cargo trucks bore the inscription 'Humanitarian help from the Russian Federation' (in Russian). The ambulance bore the inscription 'Don Rescue Centre' (in Russian)," the OSCE Observer Mission, which is based at Russia's Gukovo and Donetsk Border Crossing Points, said in a spot report on September 27.

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"At 06:33 the vehicles entered the customs control area and queued in three lines. Once the convoy arrived, the vehicles were visually checked from the outside by Russian Federation border guards and customs officers. The Russian MES staff rolled up/opened the tarpaulins of the trucks and the border guards and customs officials performed a visual observation from the outside," reads the report.

It is reported three Ukrainian border guards and one customs officer were observed accompanying their Russian counterparts; they also performed a visual observation of the vehicles from the outside (without entering the trucks' cargo space). They had clipboards in their hands and were taking notes. One service dog was present during the procedure. By 06:47 all of the vehicles had left the BCP towards Ukraine.

"At 13:49 the convoy returned and queued in the customs area. The tarpaulins of the trucks were opened and Russian Federation border guards and customs officers visually checked the returning convoy from the outside. Ukrainian representatives – three border guards and two customs officers – were present during this check. The Ukrainian officials also performed visual checks of the opened trucks from the outside. By 14:01 all 16 vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation."

"According to the statement of the Russian Federation officials, this convoy is considered to be the eighty-first Russian convoy which was sent to Ukraine. As two of these convoys did not cross through the 'Donetsk' or 'Gukovo' BCPs, the Observer Mission did not record them. Hence, based on the Observer Mission's counting, this convoy is considered the seventy-ninth convoy that has crossed into Ukraine," the OSCE said.

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