Russian Humanitarian Convoy Enters Ukraine
A convoy of lorries from Russia are entering Ukrainian territory, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow has announced.
The vehicles have not been granted Kiev's permission to cross the border.
In its statement [RU], the ministry says that the convoy is heading to Luhansk and warns Ukraine against any actions it could take to stop the trucks.
Russia's diplomatic service added that Ukraine has "no justification" to delay aid deliveries for those affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
It also explains Russia's patience has worn thin as the lorries have remained blocked at the Ukrainian border since August 14, pending approval from Kiev.
German weekly Der Spiegel cites reports suggesting pro-Russian rebels are escorting the vehicles.
Representatives of the self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" have confirmed that rebels are accompanying the trucks to ensure the safety of both the relief and those escorting it.
"Donetsk People's Republic" officials, for their part, were quoted by Russian news agency RIA as saying insurgents were allowing the convoy to pass through checkpoints across the major roads leading deeper into Ukraine's territory.
Authorities in Kiev believe that the convoy is part the actions Russia has embarked on in the east of Ukraine over the past weeks.
Moscow says the 280 trucks (according to ITAR-TASS estimates) are only serving humanitarian purposes.
Apart from food, the vehicles allegedly contain medicine, sleeping bags and portable power stations.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has officially announced it is nor part of the convoy [RU], even though the Russian Foreign Ministry has said it is taking part.
The ICRC has however warned of severe humanitarian conditions in Luhansk, one of the biggest Donbass cities, which is facing shortage of food, water and electricity.
Sweety, you don't understand do you. Let me clear it out for ya:
- Putin takes crimea when and how he wants
- Putin sends convoy into Ukraine when and how he wants
- Putin decides whether the west invades Syria or not
To sum it up for ya: The strongest and most powerful ones dictate the rest what to do and they theirselves do whatever then want and when they want.
Ding dong, some people really don't understand HARD FACTS
This is a video of the Russian Humanitarian Peace Convoy arriving in Luhansk.
Little babies in Luhansk will get fed tonight.
All you critical people just take a break for tonight and celebrate something good happening, there is so much violence in the world, these truck drivers put their life on the line to deliver this aid.
We should be grateful that there are such good people in the world.
The whole point, you dumb Commie cretins, is that Russia has no business sending ANY kind of "convoy" into another country. How would Putin take it if the US decided that babushkas in Volgograd needed some fresh bread and clean underwear and sent an "aid convoy" to deliver it?
This is nothing less than a provocation and an act of aggression, if not outright war. The arch-cynic in the Kremlin reckons that the West is too preoccupied with what's happening in the Middle East to pay attention to an invasion masquerading as a "humanitarian" mission. Sooner or later, the spineless leaders of the Free World will get bored with ignoring the petulant posturing of a third-world megalomaniac and give his butt a good kicking - let's hope that innocent Russkis don't have to suffer because their leader has delusions of grandeur... (or should that be "delusions of adequacy"?)
(1) Once again: all containers were sealed in the presence of: Russian and Ukrainian officers and the representatives of ICRC. They ALL (all on the spot) confirm it. Not enough? Well, CNN: "Ukrainian officials acknowledged Sunday [August,17!!!] that the convoy of more than 260 Russian vehicles was, in fact, carrying humanitarian aid": http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/22/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/
(2) "Aggresive" are those who exterminate today the civilians in the South-Eastern Ukraine and those who support them.
(3) I DON'T KNOW whether "Russia has a strong interest in keeping Lugansk and Donetsk", but I know that
Russia, Russians -as well as all normal people - have a strong interest in preserving human lives.
As for sports: today Poles compete with each other in eating apples.....Nice sport...Beсome the winner, Warfou.
ВВС у Украины больше нет. Артиллерии осталась половина
В последнее время карательные войска понесли катастрофические потери в артиллерии и авиации
«Изменение тактики, заявленной Порошенко в ходе совещания с силовиками 18 августа, обусловлено потерей в ходе «АТО» большей части ударного вооружения», — сообщил источник в Минобороны Украины изданию «Русская весна».
По его словам, наступление украинской армии под Донецком и Луганском фактически остановилось. Расчет на успех массированного применения дальнобойной артиллерии провалился. В течение последних трех недель силами ополчения было захвачено или уничтожено более половины имеющейся ствольной и реактивной артиллерии. С начала карательной операции Вооруженные силы Украины потеряли более 200 орудий и реактивных систем «Град» и «Ураган».
Как утверждает источник в Киеве, самое катастрофическое положение — с авиацией ВСУ:
«Ее у нас и так было немного способной летать. А теперь, после потери в ходе АТО почти всего, что летало — 32 самолетов и вертолетов, можно сказать, что ВВС Украины больше нет. Нет ни средств на ее восстановление, ни специалистов, которые бы это делали».
Он добавил, что офицеры отказываются вести свои подразделения на огневые точки. Если раньше поднимали людей в атаку призывами, то теперь будут это делать только угрозами. В этом и заключается «смена тактики», отметил источник Минобороны.
It is like that neither you nor me is there to check if these trucks are sealed and, if yes, than by whom. I say that Russia has a strong interest in keeping Lugansk and Donetsk, there is a lot of military industry there. There are also many Russians among local population. Ukraine defends these cities because it is their territory. Important is, that there are already more than 2000 deaths and hundreds of thousands refugees who cannot get back home. This conflict needs to be urgently resolved, but not by force. Further escalation may lead to a full scale war between Russia and Ukraine. The reasonable solution must consist in compromises. Ukraine should keep both cities and its integrity, but the rights of Russian people and language must be broad enough and guaranteed. An international treaty should provide civilised conditions of trade between the Ukraine and Russia, because these two economies need each other more than any else. On a later stage, both nations should join the EU and benefit from it, exactly as its other member states do. The EU guarantees a fair level of human rights' protection, lifts the trade barriers and helps to resolve political conflicts. Its member states were once in a much deeper and stronger conflict than that between Russians and Ukrainians, and these conflicts are no more.
To Warfou: Please, don't show Your personal IDIOCY so often. If You don't know the FACTS, it's Your problem.
And The FACTS are:
(1) Ukraine AGREED to let the convoy pass during an August, 20, phone call between Russian and Ukrainian
(2) That gave a start to customs procedures for checking and registering the contents of the trucks.
(3) The checking procedures were conducted JOINTLY by Russian and Ukrainian Border Service' officers in
the presence of the ICRC' representatives. The procedures were ended this early morning.
(4) ALL checked containers were sealed.
(5)The convoy with the above SEALED containers is on the way to Lugansk now. May God prosper it.
The Red Cross was invited to travel with the convoy but refused saying it was dangerous because the risk o0f attack from Kiev Facists is high.
The West is not used to aid convoys going to help people, the West sends help by bombers, cruise missiles and arms.
I guess they will apply new sanctions to Russia for this.
It is lovely seeing photos of this peace convoy moving across the Ukraine.
No one, except the Kremlin, knows what is there in these trucks. Ukrainians claim they were allowed to check only 1/3 of them. After the Crimea's acquisition by "self-defense" forces, everyone is suspicious for some new tricks. If Russia insists it is a humanitarian convoy, it needs to show its' content to the independent, international observers.
To Novinite: Let me replace Your "The vehicles have not been granted Kiev's permission to cross the border"
by the true version: "The security of the vehicles have not been granted by Kiev", and that's why, btw, the
RATS (Red Cross representatives) have left the convoy. Clear?
To Seedy: Look, man, I may (and I often do) spit on You, as well as You may (and do) spit on me. But now, it's about the human lives, the lives of those who are right now exterminated, by the Pedriloid Poroshenko' thugs, in Lugansk and Donetsk, and about the lives of the Russian drivers of the HUMANITARIAN convoy. Put Your
shameful "This is similar to the Red Army..." into Your a*se or into Your head, doesn't matter, it is the synonyms.
This is great news, Russia is taking the initative for peace and humanity again.
Lets hope this convoy gets safely to Luhansk.
The West doesnt help they just finance their puppet president in Kiev and kill and starve Ukranians.
The convoy could be in Luhansk in a few hours.
The West is busy bombing in the Middle East and sending arms to the Middle East, this Russian humanitarian convoy is so different to Western violence.