ICRC ready to distribute Russian aid even in militia-held areas in eastern Ukraine

The International Committee of the Red Cross is ready to accept the humanitarian aid sent by Russia to southeastern Ukraine even if the supplies cross the border in militia-controlled areas, an ICRC representative has said, adding, however, that the mission requires Kiev's official approval.

The International Committee of the Red Cross is ready to accept the humanitarian aid sent by Russia to southeastern Ukraine even if the supplies cross the border in militia-controlled areas, an ICRC representative has said, adding, however, that the mission requires Kiev's official approval.

"In any case, we will be ready to accept the cargo if all sides reach an appropriate agreement," Victoria Zotikova, PR department head of the ICRC regional delegation for Russia, Belarus and Moldova, told Interfax on Thursday.

Several media reports suggested on August 13 that the Russian aid convoy could cross the Russian-Ukrainian border through the Izvarne checkpoint in the Luhansk region instead of the Kharkiv region as was planned earlier.

Zotikova confirmed that the ICRC wants Russia to provide a more detailed list of the items in the aid convoy.

"Indeed, we certainly need to receive a very detailed list in order to be able to handle this cargo and distribute the aid," she said.

ICRC officials have already notified the Russian authorities of this requirement and are now expecting Moscow's reply, Zotikova said.

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