Turkish Red Crescent sends aid convoy to Ukraine

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On Friday, the Turkish Red Crescent Society sent a humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine following the start of the Russian military operation.

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The convoy was said to consist of 5 trucks carrying shelter tents, beds, blankets, detergents and other emergency humanitarian aid, as well as a mobile food distribution vehicle.

In a speech during the ceremony of dispatching the aid convoy from Istanbul, the President of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Qinq, said that their step comes in response to the needs of the Ukrainian people.

He added that in his capacity as Vice President in charge of Europe and Central Asia at the Federation of Red Crescent Societies, he will hold an emergency meeting, tomorrow, Saturday, with the heads of the Red Cross Societies in the countries of the region.

He explained that the upcoming meeting will also be attended by the heads of the Red Crescent societies of countries that would provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

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At dawn on Thursday, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry reactions from several countries and calls for tougher sanctions against Moscow.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 130 people, including civilians, were killed on the first day of the Russian military intervention.