Ukraine officially recognizes Russian aid convoy as humanitarian

18 August 2014 11:24

Ukraine Minister of Social Policy Lyudmila Denisova has signed an order officially recognizing the Russian convoy as humanitarian aid cargo of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Ukrainian government secretariat's information and PR department said early on Sunday morning.

Pascal Cuttat, head of the ICRC regional delegation in the Russian Federation, Belarus and Moldova, sent a letter listing the humanitarian goods to the Ukrainian Social Policy Ministry on August 16, the department reported.

It said the cargo included canned meat, rice, buckwheat, salt, refined sugar, tea, condensed milk, water, baby food, sleeping bags, power plants and drugs which do not contain narcotic or strong substances. The total weight of the cargo nears 1,900 tonnes.

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid left for Ukraine on August 12.

Earlier, Ukraine and Western governments have voiced concerns that Russia could use the purported "aid" convoy for a military incursion into eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are battling Ukrainian army.