In connection to the information about alleged crossing of the Russian-Ukrainian border by the Russian humanitarian aid transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine informs that as of evening of August 20, 2014 Ukrainian border and customs services did not start clearance procedures yet.
Ukrainian side will proceed with no delay with border and customs clearance as soon as it gets definitive confirmation by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about its readiness to deliver the humanitarian aid to its destination. In particular, the ICRC who bears responsibility on all logistic aspects, including transportation, storage and distribution of the aid on the territory of Ukraine, is expected to get security guarantees for personnel and cargo. Such guarantees for the ICRC should be provided, first of all, by the terrorists groups controlled by Russia, as well as by Russia itself.
We proceed from necessity of synchronizing by the ICRC of all humanitarian aid supplies for civilian population of Luhansk region, including those provided by Ukrainian side in cooperation with other states and international institutions.