Russian humanitarian convoy heads towards southeast Ukraine

28 October 2014 16:12
(QHA) -

A motorcade carrying humanitarian aid for residents in southeastern Ukraine left the Moscow region on Tuesday, an Interfax correspondent said.

The motorcade consists of about 100 trucks that will deliver 1,000 tonnes of aid, including food, medication, drinking water and building materials.

"We are planning on the convoy being in the Rostov region, in the village of Kovaliovka, tomorrow night. Subsequently, we will be acting in coordination with the Foreign Ministry and the Red Cross," Russian Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Stepanov told reporters.

Russia did not notify Ukraine of its intention to send another "humanitarian aid convoy" to Donetsk and Luhansk regions, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) information and analytical center spokesman Andriy Lysenko has said.

"The Ukrainian side received no official information, no official document in this regard," he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.