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Russia sends 280 trucks with humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Moscow, Aug 12 (): State media of Russia had reported that nearly 280 trucks have set off from the Moscow region to the war-ravaged eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, amid Western caution against using aid as an excuse for an attack.

Reports from the Russian television quoted that the trucks were carrying about 2,000 tons of charitable aid and were heading towards Ukraine. The convoy of trucks were painted in white with a red cross and said they were a part of a globally agreed-upon operation under the sponsorships of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The region administration of Moscow stated that the charitable aid consists of mainly foodstuffs and in specific they includes about 400 metric tons of grain, 100 metric tons of sugar, 62 metric tons of baby food, 54 metric tons of medicine and medical equipment, 12,000 sleeping bags, 69 portable power generators.

On Monday, in a phone conversation with the Commission President of Europe Jose Manuel Barroso, Ruissian President Vladimir Putin had said that Russia is in collaboration with International Committee of the Red Cross and would send a convoy of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

In the telephone call Putin had slammed Barroso about the disastrous consequences of military operation directed by the Kiev officials in the eastern part of Ukraine and had stressed the necessity for a speedy humanitarian mission.

Spokesman of Putin, Dmitry Peskov maintained that the military would not be involved in the convoy of Russia. He further said that the mission has been “agreed with Kiev” and added that he could give no further particulars about the convoy or a timetable for the mission.

Ukraine has reported that Russia has amassed 45,000 troops on its border and in response NATO had said that there was a “high possibility” that Russia could interfere militarily in the eastern part of the country, where the forces of Kiev are closing in on pro-Russian separatists.