KIEV, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Kiev on Tuesday set new conditions for receiving humanitarian aid from Russia, saying Ukraine will not allow the convoy of 280 trucks to cross its border.
"We exclude the possibility of any movement of Russian convoy on the Ukrainian territory," presidential administration's deputy head Valery Chaly told reporters during a media briefing.
Chaly said that the cargo from the Russian trucks should be reloaded onto the vehicles provided by the Ukrainian side on the border.
He added that Kiev will not allow an escort of the humanitarian convoy by Russian military forces or representatives of the Russian Emergency Ministry.
Earlier Tuesday, Ukrainian military spokesman Andrei Lysenko said that his country was ready to receive the humanitarian aid from Russia only if the trucks pass through Kiev-controlled border checkpoints and be accompanied by the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The trucks, carrying around 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid, reportedly left Moscow region Tuesday morning for crisis-hit eastern Ukraine.
Most of the humanitarian supplies were food, medical equipment and medicines, sleeping bags and portable power stations of various capacities, according to Russian media.
PARIS, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday expressed cautions over Russia's decision to send aid convoy to eastern Ukraine, adding humanitarian help should be "multilateral," and with "Ukraine consent."
In a phone talk with his Russian counterpart, Hollande emphasized "very serious concerns that could trigger Russia's unilateral mission in Ukraine," as western leaders fear Moscow move would be a pretext to invade eastern Ukraine where Kiev forces were still fighting pro-Russia separatists. Full story
MOSCOW, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Russia and Ukraine have agreed on details of a humanitarian relief operation under the aegis of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in southeast Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
"I can say with cautious optimism that all possible and impossible excuses (in organizing the aid delivery) have been removed. We have accorded all details with the Ukrainian authorities," RIA Novosti news agency quoted Lavrov as saying. " The humanitarian mission will be organized very soon under the ICRC. We hope the West would not hinder (the mission)." Full story