Ukraine recognizes Russian cargo as humanitarian aid

The Ukrainian government has recognized the contents of 262 Russian vehicles as humanitarian aid for war-weary civilians in the eastern part of the country, according to a statement from the Ukrainian Cabinet office.

“Taking into attention President Poroshenko’s initiative to receive humanitarian aid from the international humanitarian mission under the supervision of ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), we recognize the cargo listed below as humanitarian aid,” a statement from Ukraine’s government website reads.

Ukraine received a list of the inventory signed by the head of the regional ICRC delegation to Russia on Saturday.

The aid will be transported to Ukraine through the Donetsk checkpoint, the statement said.

Months of fighting has killed hundreds of people and, aid groups say, left thousands in eastern Ukraine without access to water, electricity and proper medical aid.

However, it may be a while before the food, water and medicine reaches those who need it.

Pascal Cuttat, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Moscow, says there are still “basic technical details” that need to be discussed.

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