Lorries part of a Russian humanitarian convoy approach a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30 km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, on August 17, 2014. (AFP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

The Red Cross said truckloads of Russian humanitarian aid may start crossing the border tomorrow to eastern Ukraine, where months of fighting has cut off water and electricity to residents of the region’s biggest cities.

Inspections of almost 300 Russian trucks have begun, Laurent Corbaz, the International Committee of the Red Cross’s head of operations for Europe, said today in Moscow. The organization had been seeking security guarantees as battles raged on between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russian separatists.

“The ICRC sent additional staff to the area and received all the authorization from the authorities to clear the aid and humanitarian cargo as soon as possible,” Corbaz told reporters. “The convoy could start its operation soon,” he said. “Hopefully tomorrow.”

 

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