Thursday, August 14, 2014
Russian Brings Convoy of Supplies To Ukrainian Rebels
The plan now is for the cargo to be taken to a government border in the north of Ukraine - rather than through a rebel-held crossing - where the parcels will be checked by the Red Cross and reloaded on to new vehicles, which will then travel to crisis-hit areas in the east of the country.
'We will not allow any escort by the emergencies ministry of Russia or by the military [onto Ukrainian territory]. Everything will be under the control of the Ukrainian side,' Kiev's presidential aide Valery Chaly told journalists.
Arms or aid? 300-vehicle Russian 'humanitarian' convoy may be blocked from entering Ukraine as France warns it could be cover for 'permanent Russian military presence'
Convoy of 280 lorries have left Moscow bound for Ukraine's eastern border
Russian media claims they are carrying 2,000 tons of humanitarian supplies
But Kiev and Western leaders are concerned lorries may be hiding weapons
Ukraine government will demand lorries are checked by Red Cross at border
French president Francois Hollande admitted 'strong fears' about the cargo
Told Vladimir Putin aid missions must be agreed with Ukraine and Red Cross
By JOHN HALL
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 06:40 EST, 12 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:15 EST, 12 August 2014