Russia dispatches humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine

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Russia has sent a humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine under an agreement between Moscow and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry dispatched on Tuesday some 300 trucks carrying over 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid toward the border with Ukraine, the Russian official sources say.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, that Russia, in cooperation with representatives of the Red Cross, is sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine.

The European Commission has warned Russia against any unilateral actions in Ukraine “under any pretext, including humanitarian.”

Moscow has been urging Kiev to give permission for the shipment of humanitarian aid to the residents of the eastern regions of Ukraine, but the government in Kiev supported by the West has rejected the calls.

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