Ukraine-Russian conflict: Another Russian 'aid convoy' arrives in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (updated)

10:48 Sep. 22, 2016

Another Russian 'aid convoy' arrives in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (updated)

A pro-Russian rebel supervises as workers unload the cargo from a truck of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy at a warehouse in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo)

Moscow claims, Ukraine's representatives ‘were present' during the inspection of the convoy

Another Russian so-called humanitarian convoy has crossed Ukrainian border, controlled by the Russian-backed separatist forces, arriving in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Read also: How Russia 'helps' people in war-torn Ukraine's East

According to Russia's Emergency Ministry, the column, consisting of 60 trucks, were carrying more than 600 tons of food, medicine building materials.

The Kremlin says, Ukrainian customs and border patrol officers ‘were present' during the inspection of the cargo.

Read also: Russia's next convoy containing unknown cargo rolls into Ukraine

Kyiv has repeatedly called on Moscow to stop sending the aid to the conflict region, saying it violates the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty. 

Update: Ukraine's State Border Guard Service spokesman Oleh Slobodyan says that the Ukrainian representatives were only able to perform 'a visual inspection of the trucks', without controlling what actually was inside the vehicles. 

'Russia has violated the international and national laws once again, and the International Committee of the Red Cross wasn't involved in the process'Slobodyan posted on Facebook.  

He also said that the number of trucks was different from what was said in the documents, provided by the Russian Federation (60 trucks were listed, but 69 crossed the Ukraine-Russian border). In addition, there was some cargo, which wasn't announced by Moscow, like trucks with books and furniture. 

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