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Ukraine: Spot Report by OSCE Observer Mission: 91st Russian convoy of twelve vehicles crossed into Ukraine and returned through Donetsk Border Crossing Point

Source: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Country: Ukraine
This report is for the media and the general public. SUMMARY On 28 November at 06:50 (Moscow time), the ninety-first Russian convoy arrived at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of twelve vehicles were checked by Russian Federation border guards and customs officers prior to their crossing into Ukraine. All twelve vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation by 12:38 on 28 November. DETAIL Leaving the Russian Federation On 28 November at 06:50, the Observer Mission observed the arrival of a Russian convoy at the gate of the Donetsk BCP. The convoy consisted of twelve vehicles: one escort car and eleven civilian cargo trucks. Out of the eleven cargo trucks, only two bore the inscription “Humanitarian aid from the Russian Federation” (in Russian). At 06:50, the vehicles entered the customs control area. Once the convoy arrived, the vehicles were visually checked from the outside by Russian Federation border guards and customs officers. The truck drivers rolled up/opened the tarpaulins of the trucks and the border guards and customs officials performed a visual observation from the outside. One dog was present and used by Russian Federation border guards to check the vehicles from the outside. Four Ukrainian border guards and two customs officers were observed accompanying their Russian counte they also performed a visual observation of the vehicles from the outside (without entering the trucks’ cargo space). They had clipboards in their hands and were taking notes. By 07:10, all of the vehicles had left the BCP towards Ukraine. One border guard officer was taking pictures and videoing during the whole procedure. Returning to the Russian Federation At 12:28, the convoy returned and queued in the customs area. The Russian Federation border guards and customs officers visually checked the returning convoy from the outside. Ukrainian representatives – four border guards and two customs officers – were present during this check. The Ukrainian officials also performed visual checks of the trucks from the outside. One dog was present and used by Russian Federation border guards to check the vehicles from the outside. By 12:38, all twelve vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation. Contacts
Communication and Media Relations Section
OSCE Secretariat
Phone: + 43 676 71 74 592
press@osce.org


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