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OSCE Observers Accompany Russian Aid Convoy to Ukraine For First Time

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Russia’s 12th humanitarian aid convoy became the first convoy accompanied by observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Russia's 12th humanitarian aid convoy to the conflict-torn Donbas region in Ukraine’s southeast has reached the border and is currently undergoing customs clearance - Sputnik International
Russia's 12th Humanitarian Aid Convey Reaches Ukrainian Border
MOSCOW, January 31 (Sputnik) — Russia’s 12th humanitarian aid convoy that reached eastern Ukraine on Saturday became the first of its kind to be accompanied by observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a Russian emergencies ministry official said Saturday.

“For the first time, staff from the OSCE mission accompanied [the convoy] from the crossing to the place of unloading,” said Alexander Lekomtsev, head of the emergencies ministry’s Noginsk rescue center.

Humanitarian aid to Donbas - Sputnik International
Russia Forms 12th Humanitarian Aid Convoy for Donbas
The 12th Russian humanitarian convoy to Ukraine’s conflict-torn Donbas region delivered more than 1,500 tonnes of aid on Saturday, including food, medicines, building materials and electric power equipment.

The convoy, consisting of more than 170 vehicles, split in two ahead of the Ukrainian border, with one column proceeding to the Donetsk Region, while the other headed for Luhansk. Both columns were accompanied by OSCE staff, the emergencies ministry said.

Russia has been sending humanitarian aid convoys to eastern Ukraine since August. The region is facing a major humanitarian crisis after months of fighting left many local residents without food, drinking water and electricity.

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