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Mon Aug 25, 2014, 08:46 AM

 

Russian Federation prepares to send second relief convoy to Donetsk and Lugansk.

Russian Federation Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has announced his country plans to send a second truck convoy of relief supplies to eastern Ukraine. He cited international law as justification for the planned effort, and expressed hopes the humanitarian needs of people under siege in Donetsk and Lugansk areas would be a prominent topic at the international talks on Ukraine which are scheduled to begin tomorrow.



Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Lavrov: Russia to send another humanitarian convoy to Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced plans for a second humanitarian convoy to be sent to eastern Ukraine, urging foreign actors and agencies to participate in continuing efforts at relieving the crisis. Failure to do so would constitute a violation of international law, he warned.

“Anyone in need of aid shall receive it,” the FM said, stressing that it is important to learn from the mistakes of the first attempt and to look forward to closer cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities this time around. He stressed that as the indiscriminate shelling of areas such as Lugansk continues, the humanitarian need for water and food grows. This has been acknowledged by humanitarian agencies and international actors at large.

The distribution of aid is currently underway, and is headed by the ICRC. The FM also added that the shelling of schools, hospitals, kindergartens and other vulnerable institutions and structures can no longer be excused by claims of “wrongful shooting” or be written off as "accidental."

Minister Lavrov emphasized that Russia is willing and ready to participate in full in any type of negotiations on ending hostilities in the east, and expressed hope that Tuesday’s meeting in Minsk will include a focus on the crisis in Ukraine. “We certainly expect that tomorrow’s meeting in Minsk will feature a discussion on the humanitarian crisis,” Lavrov said. “We express hope that all participants will urge for the removal of any obstacles to smooth aid delivery to those who are most in need of it.”

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Read more at: http://rt.com/news/182556-ukraine-russia-lavrov-/

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