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    Russia plans to send a humanitarian aid convoy from Russia's North Ossetian city of Vladikavkaz to Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, the Emergency Situation Minister said on Sunday.

    VLADIKAVKAZ, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - Russia plans to send a humanitarian aid convoy from Russia's North Ossetian city of Vladikavkaz to Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, the Emergency Situation Minister said on Sunday.

    "Tomorrow we will send 200 tons of food, 16 tons of medical supplies, six electricity generators and water filters," Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting in North Ossetia. He also said that a mobile hospital would be sent to South Ossetia.

    Georgia launched major ground and air attacks to seize control of South Ossetia on Friday, prompting Russia to send in tanks and hundreds of troops. Regional capital Tskhinvali has been largely destroyed, and around 2,000 civilians have died according to Russia. A total of 34,000 people are reported to have fled across the Russian border.

    Earlier the Emergency Situations Ministry said that 30 trucks containing 120 tons of food supplies are on their way to Tskhinvali and North Ossetia.

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced on Sunday the government would provide $10 billion rubles ($420 million) in aid for South Ossetia.

    Putin told President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday: "Speaking of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali's residential housing, and border villages, everything has been virtually destroyed, to put it mildly. People are going to need help to return to their homes, and to rebuild their houses and apartments."

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