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Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid sets off for Ukraine

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 00:39

Russia sends a convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine set off on Tuesday (August 12) amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion. With Ukraine reporting Russia has massed 45,000 troops on its border, NATO said there was a "high probability" that Moscow could intervene militarily in the country's east, where Kiev's forces are closing in on pro-Russian separatists. Western countries believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin - who has whipped up the passions of Russians with a nationalist campaign in state-controlled media since annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March - could now send his forces into the east to head off a rebel defeat. Itar Tass news agency said the convoy has departed from near Moscow which means it would take it a couple of days to arrive in east Ukraine, some 1,000 km (620 miles) to the southwest.

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Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid sets off for Ukraine

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 00:39