Russian aid convoy crosses into Ukraine, heading to Donetsk, Lugansk

The humanitarian convoy sent by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry to Donbass has completed customs clearance at the Donetsk and Matveyev Kurgan checkpoints in the Rostov regions.

"All vehicles have passed customs control, crossed the border and started moving towards Donetsk and Lugansk," deputy head of the ministry's National Crisis Management Center Oleg Voronov said.

Earlier the aid convoy split into two, with one heading to Lugansk, the other to Donetsk.

A total of over 170 vehicles are carrying more than 1,800 tonnes of aid for Donbass residents: food, building material and other essential supplies.

Russia has delivered over 16,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Lugansk since last August.

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