DONETSK (Rostov Region), August 17 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian humanitarian convoy trucks will be scanned by special Federal Customs Service's detectors at the Russian border with Ukraine, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Sunday.
The detector, which was constructed on a truck, will scan all 280 trucks in order to determine whether they contain any substances aside from humanitarian aid.
The head of the ICRC delegation covering in Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, Pascal Cuttat, examined the trucks earlier in the day and said he was satisfied with its condition, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said Sunday.
The first 16 trucks of Russia’s humanitarian aid convoy arrived at the customs checkpoint at the Ukrainian border earlier in the day, with more expected to follow. The trucks will not cross the border or undergo customs checks on Sunday, a representative of the contractor transport company, Sergei Sorokin, told RIA Novosti earlier in the day.
In early August, in the light of a worsening humanitarian situation in the Ukrainian east, Russia came up with a proposal at the UN Security Council to send an international humanitarian mission with Russian humanitarian aid under the auspices of the ICRC to the troubled regions.
On August 12, 280 trucks carrying about 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid, with 400 tons of grain, 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons of medication, 12,000 sleeping bags and 69 mobile electrical generators set off from the Moscow region heading towards conflict areas in crisis-torn Ukraine.