The arrival of a Russian humanitarian convoy at the Ukrainian border is expected on Wednesday.© RIA Novosti. Maxim Blinov
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MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti) - The arrival of a Russian humanitarian convoy at the Ukrainian border is expected on Wednesday, August 13, a source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
The convoy of 280 trucks to southeastern Ukraine is said to be more than 3 kilometers (2 miles) long, carrying about 2,000 tons of humanitarian supplies, the source said. The aid includes 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons of medication, 12,000 sleeping bags among other things.
Earlier on, Russia addressed the humanitarian organizations in the United Nations (UN), the Organizations for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about sending a humanitarian mission to Ukraine.
Russia had suggested deploying an international humanitarian mission with Russian humanitarian aid under the auspices of the ICRC in Ukraine’s eastern regions. The ICRC showed support for Russia’s proposal.
The Russian Foreign Ministry repeatedly stressed the necessity of urgent measures to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and urged its Western partners to support the humanitarian mission.
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