WASHINGTON, August 26 (RIA Novosti), Leandra Bernstein – It will be up to the Geneva International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to characterize whether the handling of aid convoy from Russia was typical or out of the ordinary, American ICRC spokesperson, Anna Nelson said.
“Our particular stance...would be set in Geneva in terms of how we would characterize this, whether it is unusual or just one of the many challenges we deal with,” Nelson told RIA Novosti on Monday.
Following a considerable delay, Russia’s convoy of 280 trucks, carrying about 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid, finally crossed the Ukrainian border and reached Luhansk, currently on the verge of a humanitarian disaster.
According to reports by the ICRC, the people of Luhansk are in “dire need” of aid and assistance.
“Food and medicine are in short supply, and access to clean water is very difficult. It is urgent to improve the situation.”
Overseeing the impartial distribution of humanitarian aid has been a challenge for the ICRC, as they assert that safe passage has not been guaranteed by all the sides in the conflict between the self-defense forces in the East and the Kiev authorities.