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Russia sending aid convoy to Ukraine despite Western warnings of pretext for invasion

Published on Aug 12, 2014 1:26 AM
 
A Ukrainian soldier walks past a damaged car which was used by pro-Russian militants who tried to break through the checkpoint of Ukrainian forces, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on August 11, 2014. 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 forces are closing in on pro-Russian separatists. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS/DONETSK (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia is sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine despite urgent Western warnings against using humanitarian 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 forces are closing in on pro-Russian separatists.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso delivered a blunt message in a telephone call with Mr Putin on Monday.

"President Barroso warned against any unilateral military actions in Ukraine, under any pretext, including humanitarian," the Commission said in a statement.

 
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