10:22 Apr. 21, 2016
51st "humanitarian" convoy allegedly transports food and medical supplies; Ukraine says trucks bring supplies to militant forces
Russia has sent its 51st "humanitarian" convoy to the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine. 100 trucks are allegedly carrying aid for the citizens of the devastated region. This is 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 1200 tonnes", claim the Kremlin officials.
According to them, the convoy has already crossed the Ukrainian-Russian border. The trucks have divided into two separate columns. They will head to the occupied areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Moscow claims Ukraine's customs and border patrol service were present at the inspection of the cargo.
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.
Ukrainian authorities claim every time a convoy crosses the border, the Russian-backed separatist forces increase their attacks.