15:06 Aug. 25, 2016
Kremlin keeps sending its 'aid' to Donbas, while Kyiv denounces the illegal crossing of its border
Russia has sent its 56th 'humanitarian' convoy to the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine.
About 70 trucks are allegedly carrying aid for the citizens of the devastated region. According to the Russian Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergencies, the cargo transported by the trucks is mainly food, medical supplies, school books and other essentials, overall around 600 tonnes.
Russia has been sending its so-called humanitarian aid convoys to the separatist controlled areas of Donbas since August 2014. Kyiv says its representatives are not allowed to examine the contents of the trucks. Ukraine has repeatedly called on Moscow to stop violating its territorial integrity by crossing the border without any official permission.
Russia has not allowed the Organisation for Security and Corporation in Europe, nor Red Cross representatives to conduct proper examinations of the convoys.
Ukrainian authorities claim every time a convoy crosses the border, the Russian-backed separatist forces increase their attacks.