Russian humanitarian aid convoy reaches Ukraine

The Russian humanitarian assistance convoy of 280 trucks loaded with food, medicine and first aid arrived at the Ukrainian border and started the border customs inspection and clearance procedures at the checkpoint “Donetsk”. The Ukrainian officials report that “59 specialists will verify the cargo on the Ukrainian side. 41 of them – representatives of the State Border Service of Ukraine and 18 are customs officers. By prior arrangement, the goods will proceed to Lugansk.”

In parallel, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry officially disclaimed all responsibility for the security of humanitarian convoy. “Russian Federation will carry all responsibility for ensuring there are no provocations from the terrorists who have operational control over the parts of territory of Lugansk region.”

The point is that after going through Russian customs, the convoy will proceed to the territory of Lugansk Republic controlled by militia. In fact, this is the first official supply corridor for humanitarian aid to the areas devastated by war.… -->

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Humanitarian aid for Ukraine from Russia

No, the convoy with the humanitarian aid from Russia to Ukraine did not disappear. It is driving now on the “Don” highway in the direction of Rostov, leaving Boguchary. BBC also reports that the convoy continued on its way, although it has been split into two parts now.

The situation is reported to be desperate in the city of Luhansk, where for more than a week civilians have been short of water, food and electricity. The International Red Cross (ICRC) continues negotiations with Russia and Ukraine about the border crossing and exact destinations of the goods.… -->

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Humanitarian aid to Ukraine: lost in translation

Russia has long been insisting on the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk Republics. Recently, an agreement on the delivery of humanitarian aid under the auspices of the International Red Cross has been achieved in spite of resistance from the authorities of Ukraine and the United States. The Red Cross has published the following statement:

In response to the latest initiative of the authorities of the Russian Federation to hand over humanitarian assistance to the ICRC in order to help people and areas affected by conflict in eastern Ukraine, the ICRC is ready to facilitate such an operation with the involvement, endorsement, and support of all sides concerned.

Today the ICRC met with the Ukrainian and the Russian authorities and shared a document which specifies the manner in which such an operation could take place. This includes the agreement by all sides that the ICRC will be allowed to deliver the aid with due respect for its fundamental working principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence.

Translated into the language of the Ukrainian government, according to a statement published on the website of the President of Ukraine, the same statement sounds like this:

A telephone conversation of President Poroshenko with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has occurred today.

Peter Maurer said that he appreciated the President of Ukraine’s initiative for an international mission of humanitarian assistance. He assured that the International Committee of the Red Cross is ready to provide all possible assistance to this mission.

Lost in translation, is it?..

In the meantime the convoy carrying humanitarian aid left from Moscow suburb Narofominsk on Tuesday, August 12, and went in the direction of the south-western border of Russia, RIA Novosti reported.

“The convoy will deliver the inhabitants of eastern Ukraine about two thousand tons of humanitarian aid collected by residents of the Moscow region”, – told reporters the administration of the Moscow region.

Humanitarian aid, sent by Moscow and Moscow region, will be delivered by 280 trucks “KAMAZ”. Among the goods sent is food, including 400 tons of cereals, 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons of medical equipment and medicines, 12,000… -->

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UN asks Russia to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his deputy Mr. Jan Eliasson said that all the international organizations of the UN agree to cooperate with Russia in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the East of Ukraine.

“They say that all the international bodies that are subordinate to them are ready to be involved in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the East of Ukraine. They understand that humanitarian assistance is needed, and are willing to cooperate with us in its delivery,” – said Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.

Earlier US ambassador Samantha Power at the meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday said that Washington would take “any unilateral intervention of Russia in the Ukrainian territory – even under the guise of humanitarian aid – as a sign of direct invasion.”

On August 6 at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council convened at the initiative of Russia, Churkin said that the humanitarian situation in the south-east of Ukraine is catastrophic “by any human standards.” In this regard, he offered to send to Donetsk and Lugansk humanitarian aid under the auspices of the Red Cross.

The International Committee of the Red Cross supported the proposal of the Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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U.S. calls United Nations refugees report a lie

30 June 2014. Russia Emergency Ministry’s charter flight brings to Daghestan over 100 refugees from Ukraine.

U.S. State Department spokesman Marie Harf explained Tuesday, July 1, at a briefing that UN data concerning Ukrainian refugees is not “credible”. According to her, these people could simply “come to visit their grandparents and will travel back.”

United Nations Refugee Agency has recently published a report stating that more than 110,000 people became refugees in Ukraine, either internal, or external.

State Department spokesman also said that Washington supports the decision of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to resume the war in the east. Head of the U.S. Foreign Minister John Kerry, according to Harf, made ​​it clear in a telephone conversation with Poroshenko that the United States and its allies “will continue to put pressure on Russia to stop supporting separatists and supply of weapons.”

Speaking about possible sanctions against Russia, Harf explained that they can be taken “very quickly.” However, State Department spokesman acknowledged that Washington has no evidence of Moscow’s participation in Ukrainian conflict.… -->

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