Ukraine ready to inspect disputed Russian convoy
Published on Aug 15, 2014 6:44 PM
KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AFP) - Ukrainian officials were preparing to inspect a massive Russian "aid" convoy bound for the conflict-torn east on Friday after Russian armoured vehicles crossed the border, fuelling fears Moscow is trying to bolster the unravelling insurgency.
The Ukrainian military had announced that checks had begun on the near 300-truck convoy but later said only that 59 border and customs officials had arrived at a Russian border post to prepare to carry out the inspections.
Military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin told AFP that after the inspections the trucks would head to the rebel-held bastion of Lugansk, where local officials have warned of a humanitarian crisis with shortages of food, water and power.
"As for now the work by the Ukrainian officials has not begun as they do not yet have the documents from the Red Cross giving them permission," the military said in statement.
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