Russia's 47th 'humanitarian convoy' for Donbas reaches state border

12:05, 17 December 2015
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The Russian emergencies ministry's humanitarian convoy to Donbas has reached the state border and is undergoing customs procedures, a ministry spokesman told TASS on Thursday.

Before the border, the convoy broke in two. One is now at the Donetsk border crossing point, while the other one has reached the Matveyev Kurgan check point at the border. After customs procedures, the trucks will head for Donetsk and Luhansk," the spokesman said, TASS reports.

The convoy of more than 100 trucks set off for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions from the Don rescue center in Russia's southern Rostov in the early hours on Thursday. The convoy is carrying more than 1,100 tonnes of humanitarian aid. The cargoes include food products, daily necessities, New Year presents for children and the elder, textbooks and medicines.

Since August 2014, the Russian emergencies ministry has sent 47 humanitarian convoys to Donbas. About 55,500 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have been delivered over this period.

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