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Russia sends aid to Ukraine, raises red flags

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 01:28

A Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid sets off for eastern Ukraine, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A Russian convoy of 280 trucks sets off from Moscow, en route to eastern Ukraine. Russian authorities say they're bringing much needed food, water and other aid to the region, where Ukrainian forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels. But Kiev believes the convoy is a trojan horse. And Deputy foreign minister Danylo Lubkivsky says the trucks will not be permitted to enter the country if they're are under escort by Russian military. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER, DANYLO LUBKIVSKY, SAYING: "Let me be clear: you don't need tanks and artillery to bring food and medicine for civilians." This latest stand-off comes in the wake of more fierce fighting around the city of Donetsk, where pro-Ukrainian volunteer fighters exchanged gun fire with rebels, Sunday. In this battle, six Ukrainians were reported killed and more than 10 were injured. Despite the rising death toll, Ukraine says the "final stages" of ridding Donetsk and Luhansk of the rebels are underway. But the ultimate fate of both cities may be decided at another time. Kiev and its western allies are keeping a wary eye on the reported presence of 45,000 Russian troops massed on its border. And NATO's warning of a "high probability" Moscow might intervene.

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Russia sends aid to Ukraine, raises red flags

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 01:28