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Ukraine Live Day 325
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Eleventh Russian 'Humanitarian Convoy' Enters Donbass
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The eleventh 'humanitarian convoy' organised by the Russian Emergencies Ministry has crossed the Ukrainian border. 

The BBC Russian Service reported in the early hours of this morning that the Emergencies Ministry had said that 120 trucks carrying around 1.5 tonnes of aid, had set off from the Rostov region.

The convoy split into two before crossing the border. One group passed through the Donetsk-Izvarino crossing and headed towards Lugansk, the other crossed near the Russian village of Avilo-Uspenka and headed to Donetsk.

As with the previous convoys, the Ukrainian government considers the unauthorised entry of the Russian columns to be a violation of territorial integrity.

UNIAN reports that Andrei Lysenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, claimed that all of the 'humanitarian convoys' had in fact carried ammunition, rations and weapons for Russian and separatist fighters in the Donbass.

Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reports that OIeg Voronov, the deputy chief of the Emergencies Ministry's National Centre for Crisis Management, has told them that one of the convoy groups has now arrived in Donetsk.

Voronov said that more than 60 trucks carrying more than 700 tonnes of aid, were now being unloaded. Voronov said that the journey had passed without incident.

-- Pierre Vaux