12:49 15.01.2015

Russia sends over 14,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Luhansk, Donetsk regions since August

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Russia sends over 14,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Luhansk, Donetsk regions since August

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has transported over 14,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Luhansk and Donetsk regions since August 2014, Deputy Minister Vladimir Stepanov said at a meeting of the committee for public support to residents of southeastern Ukraine.

"In the period from August, the month of the departure of the first humanitarian convoy, till today [we] have brought over 14,820 tonnes of humanitarian aid - food, medicines and construction materials - to the Luhansk and Donetsk republics. The primary needs of the local population were thereby met," Stepanov underlined.

The humanitarian aid helped restore over 2,200 social facilities and open 60 social canteens, he said.

"More than 250 medical stations opened on the LPR and DPR territories to offer surgeries amongst other types of medical assistance. We will airlift three children hurt in explosions to Moscow today," Stepanov continued.

Eleven humanitarian convoys have reached the Donetsk and Luhansk regions from Russia since August of last year. The next humanitarian convoy will head for Donbas in late January or early February.

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