Russia sent a convoy of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 6:47:34 by
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A column of trucks carrying humanitarian aid came Monday from the military base Alabino base on the outskirts of Moscow to the east of Ukraine, according to Russian media reported. The convoy, which occupies more than two miles, take at least a day to cover the 1,000 kilometers to the border with Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities have clarified that the shipment does not have authorization to Kiev and in no event may enter Ukraine on Russian or Russian personnel accompanied by trucks. The International Red Cross is awaiting details for delivery in localities of Donetsk and Lugansk. The Government of Ukraine and the United States and the European Union fear that it is a pretext for armed intervention in these eastern regions prorrusas scene of fighting between government forces and four months.

Some 280 trucks carry a cargo that included 400 tons of cereals, 100 Sugar, 62 baby food, 54 tons of medical equipment and medicines, 12,000 sleeping bags and 69 generators, reports the official Russian news agency Itar – Tass. The Russian president’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the radio station Business FM that all shipping details have been agreed with Ukraine. The Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, mediator in the deal, has suggested that the convoy could enter Ukraine for crossing the Kharkiv region, controlled by the authorities, and will be escorted by OSCE observers according to comments reported by Interfax.

The Ukrainian authorities have clarified Tuesday that have not yet given its approval and any charge that Russian personnel to enter Ukrainian territory will be made. ” Until the decision on the quantity, destination and route of humanitarian cargo to Ukraine is taken, there will be no place for it,” said the spokesman of the National Security Council and Defense of Ukraine, Andrei Lysenko, in press press. The head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Valeri Chali, stressed that humanitarian aid will be charged on leased means of transport by the Red Cross, as Russia claims.

However, the humanitarian organization ensures that it remains to clarify ” practical details before this initiative can move forward,” explains Laurent Corbaz, responsible for the operations of the International Red Cross in Europe and Central Asia. The organization said on Monday that only participate in something like if ” all parties ” agree and accept its conditions to do it.

The European Union spoke in favor of sending a humanitarian mission to Lugansk and Donetsk regions if it has the support of the Ukrainian government and if the United Nations undertakes to lead it. President Barack Obama endorsed an “international humanitarian mission ” under the aegis of the International Committee of the Red Cross, but with the participation not only of Russia, but also from the European Union and other countries.

The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, an international humanitarian mission should exclude any kind of military presence and aid should enter Ukrainian territory through the border posts controlled by Kiev, after which they would be escorted by government forces

The population of the Ukrainian continues trying to flee clashes between government forces and pro-Russian militias in the east. Most do it to Russia, where they found shelter at least 730,000 people, according to the latest data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; other 117,000 have registered as displaced in Ukraine. Those who can not or will not leave their homes, have to endure, along with shelling, shortages of food and medicine, and in some places, lack of potable water and electricity, a situation that has given rise to different proposals for humanitarian action as once again facing Russia and the West.

The Ukrainian parliament is due to debate Tuesday possible sanctions against Russia, including a ban on imports of Gazprom, the Russian state monopoly.

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