MOSCOW, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia is ready to send a second batch of humanitarian aid to Ukraine pending Kiev's permission, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said Thursday.
"People want clean water and food, so the convoy has been filling with those stuff," deputy minister Vladimir Artamonov said, adding that there is no secret of the content of the aid, he added.
The official said 1,848 tons of relief supplies were ready for delivery, of which 608 tonnes would be sent by rail and 1,240 tons by road, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
The delivery date would be set by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Ukraine's Ministry of Social Policy when the cargo was confirmed as relief aid, according to the minister.
On Aug. 22, 280 Russian trucks entered Ukraine's eastern Lugansk region to deliver 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid for local civilians without Kiev's consent. Moscow claimed the action was a result of intolerance of Kiev's deliberate delay.
Kiev and some Western countries have been opposing Russia's delivery of humanitarian aid for fear that Russia "might take the opportunity to invade Ukraine."
On Aug. 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the proposal of delivering more humanitarian assistance to southeastern Ukraine by train.
MOSCOW, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Moscow is ready to take practical steps toward the de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine in line with the plan proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
"We will be ready together with the OSCE in the contact group to help the warring parties practically make progress on the way to stabilize the situation. We hope these calls will be heard especially by Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk," Lavrov said at a meeting with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva. Full story
KIEV, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they are open to a political solution to the conflict with government troops.
"If the Ukrainian side follows through its ceasefire commitment, we are ready for the settlement of the crisis through political means," Miroslav Rudenko, the self-styled insurgent leader of the DNR, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying. Full story