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Russian humanitarian convoy enters Ukraine without Kiev consent

English.news.cn   2014-08-22 18:52:42

MOSCOW, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Part of Russia's humanitarian auto convoy crossed Ukrainian border Friday without consent from the country, in what Moscow said was a result of intolerance of Kiev's deliberate delay.

"Russian side decided to act," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that Moscow was ready for International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) employee's participation in accompanying the convoy and its further distribution.

Local media reported that about 130 trucks of the Russian convoy have entered Ukraine without ICRC's escort.

"We warn against any attempts to undermine the completely humanitarian mission," said the statement.

Noting Russia had agreed on all "thinkable and unthinkable" demands from Kiev, Moscow said responsibility of any consequences of provocation will be "fully on those who are ready to sacrifice human lives for the sake of political ambitions and geopolitical plans."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a local TV channel that President Vladimir Putin has been informed of the movement, but declined to say on what level the decision was made.

On Thursday, Ukraine granted official permission for the clearance of the Russian humanitarian cargo stuck near the border for a week. The 280-truck convoy carried some 2,000 tons of cargo, including food, medication, sleeping bags and power generators.

Still, customs clearance was stopped by Ukrainian side on the same day, Russia said.

Moscow accused Kiev of deliberately delaying the aid delivery with the purpose to accomplish military operation in Lugansk and Donetsk by the Ukraine's Independence Day on Aug. 24 and to use it as a "fait accompli" during the upcoming four-party meeting in the Belorussian capital of Minsk.

Putin and his counterparts from Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine are set to meet in Minsk on Aug. 26, with the Ukraine crisis possibly to be discussed.

Moscow also blamed the United States and their allies for obstructing in the UN Security Council the Russia-tabled draft resolution calling for a humanitarian truce in Ukraine.

The ongoing clashes between Ukrainian government troops and pro-independence militants in southeastern regions, which started in March, have claimed more than 2,000 lives. 

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