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Ukraine accuses Russia of 'invasion' as aid trucks move in

Published on Aug 22, 2014 6:59 PM
 
A man opens the gate to let lorries, part of a Russian humanitarian convoy, cross the Ukrainian border at the Izvarino custom control checkpoint on Aug 22, 2014. Ukraine on Friday, Aug 22, 2014, accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into east Ukraine, warning against any attacks on the trucks. -- PHOTO: AFP

IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AFP) - Ukraine on Friday accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into east Ukraine, warning against any attacks on the trucks.

Moscow called week-long delays in allowing the vehicles across the border an "outrage" as it ordered the convoy into rebel-held territory, despite Red Cross officials refusing to provide an escort because of security concerns.

"This is a direct invasion," the head of Ukraine's security service Valentyn Nalyvaychenko was quoted by news agencies as saying.

Ukraine said all responsibility for the trucks' safety lay with Moscow, after Russia warned "against any attempts to disrupt a totally humanitarian mission".

 
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