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Russian aid convoy waits near border day after Ukraine says it blasted column of military vehicles

Source: news.nationalpost.com - Saturday, August 16, 2014
KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia — Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy waited Saturday near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures drag on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists. Ukrainian officials are concerned that the mission including around 200 trucks could be a guise for Russia to send in equipment for the rebels, whom Kyiv and Western countries claim are backed by Moscow. But Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement under which the trucks could enter with Red Cross accompaniment if Ukrainian border guards and customs agents approve the cargo. A representative of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, who declined to give his name, told The Associated Press that documents about the cargo have been given to Ukrainian border guards and customs officials who have come to the Russian border town of Donetsk for the cargo inspection. But Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council, told reporters in Kyiv that as of mid-day the Ukrainians had not received documents from the Red Cross about what is aboard the trucks. ANDREY KRONBERG/AFP/Getty Images Trucks from a Russian humanitarian convoy are parked on a field outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, some 30 km from the Russian-Ukrainian border, Russia, on August 14, 2014. Fighting continued in eastern Ukraine and Lysenko said three Ukrainian serviceme

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