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Russia Sends 38th Humanitarian Aid Convoy to Donbass

17.09.2015 10:30

Russia's 38th humanitarian aid convoy for Donbass will deliver over 1,200 metric tons of aid including food, such as flour, tea and grains, as well as school and university textbooks for students.

Russia's 38th humanitarian aid convoy for residents of Ukraine's troubled southeast (Donbass) is heading for the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, a spokesperson of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said early on Thursday.

"At 04:00 Moscow time the Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy with humanitarian aid for Donbass left the Donskoy rescue center in the Rostov region," the spokesperson told journalists.

At the border with Ukraine the convoy vehicles will split into two groups, one of which will head to the southeastern region of Donetsk, while the other one will go to Lugansk.

The convoy consists of over 100 vehicles that are carrying over 1,200 metric tons of aid including food, such as flour, tea and grains, as well as school and university textbooks for Donbass students.

The Donetsk and Lugansk regions have been severely affected by fighting between Ukrainian troops and Donbass independence supporters, which started in April 2014 when Kiev launched a military operation in the region.