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Ukraine gov't recognizes Russian aid

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Aug. 17, 2014

Ukraine has officially recognized a Russia-International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) aid convoy as humanitarian. 

A statement posted on the Ukrainian government’s website on Saturday says Ukraine’s Minister of Social Policy Lyudmila Denisova signed an official order which recognizes the Russian convoy parked at the border with Ukraine as a humanitarian aid cargo of the ICRC.

“[The order was signed] In accordance with Articles 4 and 5 of the Law of Ukraine 'On Humanitarian Aid' considering the initiative of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on receiving humanitarian aid within the framework of international humanitarian missions under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to recognize the cargo as humanitarian aid,” Ria Novosti news agency reports the statement as saying.

Denisova received a letter from Pascal Cuttat, the head of the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross for Russia, Belarus Ukraine and Moldova on Saturday, enumerating the relief items.

According to the letter the cargo includes 12 kinds of goods totaling 1,856 tons, which fully corresponds with the weight of the cargo declared by Russia.

The statement goes on to say, “The receiver of the humanitarian cargo is the ICRC mission in Ukraine. The cargo will be transferred to Ukraine by ICRC representatives through the Donetsk checkpoint.”

The convoy of at least 280 vehicles carrying humanitarian aid has been parked at a military depot in southern Russia amid disagreement between Moscow and Kiev over how and where it would cross into Ukraine.

The Kiev government and some Western officials said the humanitarian aid convoy could be a cover for a Russian military incursion, a claim Moscow has described as “absurd.”