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Thursday, 20 August 2015

First Anniversary of the First Humanitarian Aid Convoy from the Russian Federation… The New “Road of Life” Rolls On

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Today, during a formal event in honour of the first humanitarian aid convoy from the Russian Federation last year, where he gave official thanks and state awards to MChS Rossii personnel, Chairman of the LNR Government I V Plotnitsky said:

That first convoy brought us things that we lacked at that time… mini-generators, food, and water… but the most important thing that the convoy brought wasn’t that… it brought us hope and faith. Thanks to those who brought us that humanitarian aid in August 2014, today, our Republic knows tranquillity and peace. A year ago, Lugansk was under virtually blockade, we didn’t have electricity, water, or communications, our shops and pharmacies lay shuttered… we had almost nothing. That first convoy, whose anniversary of departure is tomorrow, rolled down the road unarmed. It came under the artillery fire of the Banderovtsy, who tried to close down the road, to put us under a full blockade. Today, we gather here to express and show our unity and our indivisibility, to show that we understand that as long as we stand together, we’ll have unity. Both in 1945 and now, we proved our fraternal ties… that when all 150 million of us stand together, it’s impossible to defeat us. Thank you, brothers {Igor Venediktovich means the MChS Rossii, which operated the convoys: editor}, we bow to you. Our dear Russian brothers, today, we presented you this memorial plaque. However, we, in our hearts, in the hearts of everyone in Lugansk, will keep the memory that we’ll pass from generation to generation, to remember and know that only you, our friends, helped us to survive, not only to survive, but also to win. The LNR stands and will stand… it is Russian earth.

Today, the 36th MChS Rossii humanitarian aid convoy arrived in the LNR. About 50 lorries unloaded 511 tonnes of cargo, including 20 tonnes of canned fish, 60 tonne of meat, 95 tonnes of sugar, 200 kilos of tea, 50 tonnes of canned milk, 75 tonnes of rye flour, 60 tonnes wheat flour, 16 tonne semolina cereals, 130 tonnes pasta, 5 tonnes vegetable oil. The first MChS Rossii humanitarian aid convoy arrived in the LNR a year ago, 22 August 2014. Since the middle of August 2014, MChS Rossii convoys brought the LNR and DNR more than 43,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid.



Today, Manolis Pilavov, head of the Lugansk GMA*, spoke at a formal event marking the first MChS Rossii humanitarian aid convoy a year ago:

We thank our fellow Russians. Yes, that first convoy brought us hope, but it also brought us building materials, food, fuel, and medicine…it gave us the chance to once again raise our morale and inspired confidence in the future. You can’t win unless you have enough food, but you also have to have strong morale, and this first convoy gave us this spirit, a spirit of victory. Before this, words such as ‘humanitarian aid’ and ‘humanitarian convoy’ meant nothing to us. We heard it on the TV news, mainly about faraway African lands, but, unfortunately, war came to our land, 2014 came and showed us that the fanatic Ukrainian régime was intent on war, on bringing misfortunes to our people, one after another. I think that this is a holiday… the anniversary of the first convoy that came to aid the Luganshchina*. I want to thank our Russian brothers for the lending us their strong support and I’d like to tell you that all the people of the Luganshchina thank you and bow before you.

  • GMA: State Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city
  • Luganshchina: “Area ruled by or influenced by Lugansk”. In Russian, the suffix “shchina” indicates “ruled by” or “rule of”, therefore, “Lvovshchina” is the “area ruled (or “influenced”) by Lvov” and “Yezhovshchina” means “era ruled (or “influenced”) by Yezhov”.


20 August 2015

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