KIEV, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian security chief on Friday accused Moscow of launching a "direct invasion" after a convoy of more than 30 Russian aid trucks crossed the border into Ukraine without Kiev's permission.
"We are saying that this is a direct invasion," Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, told reporters at a press briefing.
Nalyvaychenko said that the vehicles were moving without a permission from the Ukrainian side and did not have the escort from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as had been agreed earlier.
"These trucks will be used to transport equipment and weapons to the insurgents," he said.
But the Ukrainian side will refrain from using any force against the convoy to "avoid provocations," Nalyvaychenko said.
Earlier in the day, local media reported that part of Russia's humanitarian auto convoy crossed the frontier at Ukraine' s border crossing of Izvarino, which is controlled by the independence-seeking insurgents.
In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday that Russia was ready for ICRC employee's participation in accompanying the convoy and its further distribution.
But the ICRC said in its post on Twitter later that its representatives were not escorting the convoy due to the volatile security situation in the area.
On Aug. 12, a 280-truck convoy carrying some 2,000 tons of relief supplies, including food, medication, sleeping bags and power generators, departed from Moscow for the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk.
The convoy has been parked not far from the Ukrainian-Russian border since Aug. 14, with Moscow and Kiev blaming each other for the suspension of the aid.
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KIEV, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian customs officers have started the clearance of Russia's humanitarian aid cargo, authorities said Thursday.
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