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At the ninth attempt part of the trucks with humanitarian aid from Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center have passed Ukrainian customs in Artemivsk


Part of the convoy, delivering survival kits from Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center for Donbas civilians that live in non-government-controlled areas, crossed the contact line from the 9th attempt. 21 trucks out of 31 passed the customs inspection at the checkpoint near Artemivsk.

"21 heavy-duty trucks passed through the customs. 10 more trucks are staying overnight in Artemivsk, as they couldn't pass through the checkpoint before its closing due to the long customs inspection. Also, according to the new order of the Security Service of Ukraine, they were entering passport data of all the convoy drivers into the database. This procedure took most of the inspection time. We are planning these 10 trucks to pass through the customs tomorrow morning. The convoy has a full package of required documents and the order of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine on recognition of this cargo as humanitarian, which was presented when passing inspection, – Oleksandr Vyshniakov, the Head of "Humanitarian Aid" direction at Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center, said. 

Today, on June 17 early in the morning, the convoy consisting of 31 trucks started from Kurakhove to Donetsk with 620 tons of food products from Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center for adult civilians of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, residing in non-government-controlled areas.  

This is the 9th attempt to deliver food products to Donetsk. 

It bears reminding that during 14 days, due to the closed checkpoints in "B" sector and denied access for the convoy on June 13 by representatives of volunteer battalion at the same checkpoint near Artemivsk, Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center couldn't deliver food to the most vulnerable categories of civilians across the contact line. During this whole period the convoy was waiting for departure in Kurakhove. Over two weeks the lag from the planned supplies schedule makes 175,000 survival kits for adults and 22,000 children packages. As of today, 25 out of 30 Humanitarian Center's issuing points across the contact line are closed due to the lack survival kit stocks in Donetsk.

Earlier Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center sent a statement on the blocked access of humanitarian aid for Donbas civilians across the contact line to all authorities and Ukrainian representative offices for international missions, such as UNO, OSCE, and Red Cross Society, who also cannot deliver their humanitarian aid. Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center called on to develop and accept clear, transparent, and devoid of policy rules and procedures for delivery and distribution of humanitarian aid in Donbas.