Russian aid camp dismantled in Kharkov region

A camp set up by the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Service close to the border checkpoint in Pletenivka, Kharkov region, for the Russian humanitarian convoy, is being removed.

A camp set up by the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Service close to the border checkpoint in Pletenivka, Kharkov region, for the Russian humanitarian convoy, is being removed.

Trucks and other vehicles, as well as buses carrying personnel are leaving the camp, an Interfax correspondent said.

The camp was set up in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The pro-Ukrainian activists, who gathered outside the camp earlier, started leaving the area, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Earlier on Wednesday Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the Russian humanitarian convoy will not be allowed into the Kharkiv region.

For his part, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Kyiv can only accept humanitarian aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Russian motorcade carrying humanitarian aid for residents of east Ukraine left Naro-Fominsk on August 12.

Russia has agreed with Ukraine and the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and sent humanitarian aid containing food, medication and power-generation equipment. In doing so Russia took into account Ukraine's requests concerning the motorcade itinerary, cargo inspection and other aspects of the delivery operation. Russia agreed to take on board its aid trucks representatives from the ICRC, OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and Ukrainian government.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the operation involves 262 motor vehicles, including 198 cars with trailers loaded with materials and power units weighing in total 1,809.9 tonnes. "The aid includes: 69 electric-power units, 400 tonnes of grains, 340 tonnes of canned meat, 30 tonnes of salt, 100 tonnes of sugar, 60 tonnes of canned milk, 0.8 tonnes of tea, 679.5 tonnes of bottled water, 62.4 tonnes of baby food, 54 tonnes of medical items, and 12,300 sleeping bags," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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