August 15, 2014 / 8:46 AM / 3 years ago

Ukraine begins inspection of Russian aid convoy: military statement

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian border guards and customs officials on Friday began inspecting a Russian humanitarian aid cargo for eastern Ukraine at a border point inside Russia, a Ukrainian military statement said.

A convoy of 280 Russian trucks brought the aid to the border in an operation which aroused Kiev’s suspicions that it might be used as a cover for a military operation in Ukraine. The aid is destined for eastern Ukraine, where a war between government forces and separatists has produced a humanitarian crisis.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice and Richard Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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