Russian Aid Convoy Enters Ukraine Despite Protests (Updated)

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Bulgaria: Russian Aid Convoy Enters Ukraine Despite Protests (Updated) A Russian aid convoy of white trucks waits to enter Ukraine at a border checkpoint with Ukraine, 21 August 2014. Photo EPA/BGNES

The first vehicles of a Russian aid convoy have reached the war-torn Ukrainian city of Luhansk this afternoon, ignoring charges of ‘direct invasion’ by the government in Kiev.

The convoy of some 260 trucks has been reported to be carrying food, water, medicines, sleeping bags, portable electricity generators and other relief items for the people of Luhansk, which has been besieged by Ukrainian government forces fighting pro-Russian rebels since April.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow has decided to begin moving the convoy towards Luhansk despite lack of authorization from the Ukrainian government as  “all of the pretexts for delaying the delivery of aid to the people in the region of the humanitarian catastrophe have been exhausted.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday confirmed that the convoy had crossed into Ukraine but said its representatives were not escorting it because the ICRC has not received “sufficient security guarantees from the fighting parties”. The organization said its team in Luhansk reported heavy shelling overnight.

AP quoted the head of Ukraine security service SBU Valentyn Nalyvaichenko as accusing Moscow of ‘direct invasion under the cover of the Red Cross’.

According to Nalyvaichenko, the trucks in the convoy were half-empty, suggesting the vehicles would be used to supply weapons to the rebels.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described the entry of the trucks without Kiev's authorization as a "flagrant violation of international law."

NATO condemned the moving of a "so-called humanitarian convoy” across the border, saying Moscow’s unilateral decision was a breach of Russia’s international obligations.

"These developments are even more worrying as they coincide with a major escalation in Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine since mid-August, including the use of Russian forces," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, as quoted by Reuters.

The European Union blasted Russia for what it described as violation of the integrity of Ukraine’s border. The European Commission urged Moscow to reverse its decision to move the convoy without Kiev’s permission because relief supplies could only be shipped and delivered under international supervision.

Kremlin denied breaching international law, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin had told German Chancellor Angela Merkel by telephone that Moscow could no longer wait for Kiev's permission to help people in distress.

Luhansk has been subject to heavy artillery fire that has left food supplies scarce and cut off water, electricity and phone lines.

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#10
Optimistic - 27 Aug 2014 // 19:04:52

Steve your category doesnt mention a war loan, how about a loan to help our colleagues in Donetsk, 200 million USD would be good to start with.

#9
steve brown - 27 Aug 2014 // 18:40:02

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Humanitarian Aid II - 27 Aug 2014 // 02:23:44

КИЕВ, 27 авг — РИА Новости. Украина готова принять гуманитарную помощь от Казахстана для жителей востока под контролем представителей Красного креста, сообщил в эфире украинского телеканала ICTV во вторник вечером спикер информационного центра СНБО Украины Андрей Лысенко.

Президент Казахстана Нурсултан Назарбаев в ходе переговоров со своим украинским коллегой Петром Порошенко завил, что Казахстан готов оказать гуманитарную помощь Донбассу.

#7
Optimistic - 25 Aug 2014 // 13:04:27

Russia is going to send another Humanatarian Peace Convoy to the Ukraine by the end of this week.

Good this will help but they need to do these every day.

#6
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#5
Optimistic - 24 Aug 2014 // 11:20:06

Yane you make a good point, I cant remember when the West got involved in a major humanatrian crises when there was no oil and gas involved.

The West faces leadership issues, the US has a democrat as president and a republican congress, the UK has a conservative government in a liberal coalition, in France the president is very unpopular.

The people in these countries have become cowards and will not send soldiers overseas to war.

Russia in contrast has strong joined up leadership and people such as the truck drivers who are prepared to put their lives on the line.

So the West uses economic sanctions against Russia and then their people cry because the sanctions Russia applies in return hurts them.

They are weak cowards.

#4
Yane - 24 Aug 2014 // 04:51:33

Yes, Optimistic, the west is really selective, notice they didn't care when ISIS was wiping out Christian villages left n right, performing huge massacres in Syria earlier this year, but all of a sudden ISIS became the worst villains. Probably afraid ISIS actions will effect the oil price, heaven forbid!

#3
Optimistic - 23 Aug 2014 // 11:47:46

The US is talking about applying further sanctions against Russia.

Russias Humanatarian Peace convoy delivered food, baby food and medicine to a war zone.

All the drivers risked their lives for this.

Today in Luhansk little babies will be fed good food old people will eat good food hospitals will get medicine.

We live in a world increasing dominated by a military West that bombs where it likes and creates and supports governments that kill civilians.

This peaceful convoy by Russia is rare in this violent world.

So please send more convoys delivering Humanatarian Aid, Donetsk needs them as well.

#2
sa-sha - 23 Aug 2014 // 11:25:36

Peter, it's not about Putin. It's about people in Lugansk and Donetsk. No food. No water. No medicaments. No electricity. Permanent bombings. They live and sleep in the basements now. They go to bed and they don't know
whether they wake up the next morning. Seemingly this reality is out of Your "Wonder". To take the simple
compassion, the natural desire to lessen human sufferings for "using expediency when it suits"? You are really
Perfect, Peter.

#1
peterperfect - 23 Aug 2014 // 08:53:27

Wonder what Putin's reaction would be if boot was on the other foot and he was watching and the American's were controlling a relief convoy. Just goes to show that everyone uses expediency when it suits them.