Kremlin says Moscow will work alongside International Red Cross to provide aid to eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW - Russia is to send a humanitarian aid convoy in cooperation with the International Red Cross into eastern Ukraine, according to a written statement from the Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also informed European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso about the operation by phone, the Kremlin said on Monday.
Unrest in eastern Ukraine has torn the region apart since April, when the government launched "anti-terror" operations against armed separatists seeking to break away from Ukraine following the annexation of Crimea into Russia in March.
Russia faced a first wave of sanctions over the move in March.
Another wave followed after the downing of a Malaysian airliner on July 17, in which all 298 passengers and crew members onboard died.
Russia has responded to Western sanctions by applying a year-long ban on imports of food such as beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and vegetables from sanctions-imposing countries.
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