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Ukrainian gov’t convoy carrying aid arrives in Luhansk


08-15-2014 19:44 BJT

The first trucks carrying aid from the Ukrainian government has arrived in the country’s east. On Thursday, the humanitarian aid was partially unloaded at warehouses in Starobilsk, some 100 kilometers from Luhansk. 

"The shipment consists of 780 tons of goods carried by 71 trucks. In this shipment there is mainly food - cereals, flour, milk, stews, bread and sweets." said Serhiy Bochkovsky, National Emergency Service of Ukraine.

The aid came from Kiev and the cities of Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk, and was transported in three convoys. The International Committee of the Red Cross has accepted the cargo. Its delegate said the aid would start to be distributed on Friday. 

Meanwhile, Ukrainian customs and border service officials have begun inspecting a Russian aid convoy of some 200 trucks, which had been parked just beyond its border since Thursday. Kiev has expressed fears that Moscow could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion to support the rebels. 

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