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Novotroitske: the first humanitarian load after the tragedy goes through Novotroitske checkpoint


Novotroitske checkpoint accepted humanitarian loads for the first time after the tragedy in Olenivka. On May 18 in the evening the truck convoy of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center went through customs and fiscal inspection at the checkpoint that resumed its operation.

20 heavy-duty trucks delivered 400 tons of food products to Donetsk. This aid is aimed at civilians living in non-government-controlled areas of Donbas.

"It took our trucks two hours to go through customs inspection. Resumed operation of Novotroitske checkpoint reduced the humanitarian aid delivery time to Donbas for an average of 12 hours. The road through Zaitseve checkpoint takes up to two days, including the overnight stay. At the same time Novotroitske checkpoint is adapted for humanitarian load passage, our convoys have no impact on crossing the contact line by civilian population. In this way we perform our main goal – deliver and issue humanitarian aid in efficient and timely manner to people that need it the most", – Oleksandr Vyshniakov, Director of the Humanitarian Center, commented.

The convoy #201 went through inspection with all the required supporting documents proving the quality of products. The delivered food products will be used to form 45,000 survival kits for adults and 8,500 food packages for children. Early in the morning the Center's volunteers at Donbas Arena started unloading the trucks and forming food packages. 

As of May 19, 2016, Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center issued 8,137,000 adult and children survival kits on both sides of the contact line.