ROSTOV-ON-DON, August 23 (RIA Novosti) – The first group of trucks, that have delivered Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine, entered the Russian territory on Saturday, a spokesman for Russia’s Southern Customs Directorate, Rayan Farukshin, said Friday.
“Customs procedures have been completed for the first group of vehicles, consisting of 34 trucks. They have already entered the Russian Federation,” Farukshin said.
In total, six groups of Russian trucks are expected to arrive one after another to “Izvarino-Donetsk” international border crossing, according to the spokesman.
The first trucks undergone customs procedures are heading toward the city of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov Region, where the Russian humanitarian convoy was parked several days before its departure for Ukraine’s eastern conflict zones, according to a RIA Novosti reporter.
Russian customs officers are inspecting the second batch of Russian trucks now.
On August 14, the trucks with Russian humanitarian aid arrived at the border, but Ukraine began customs clearance only on August 21.
On Friday, Moscow accused Kiev of deliberately delaying the aid delivery. The same day, Russian convoy crossed the border and arrived in Luhansk, the city being sieged by the Ukrainian army and struggling daily without regular food supplies, water and electricity.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry described the convoy crossing the Russian border as a violation of international norms.
Moscow reminded that Russia received a formal agreement from Kiev authorities for the passage of the humanitarian convoy through the Ukrainian border on August 12.