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Russian aid convoy raises questions

Reporter: Kate Parkinson 丨 CCTV.com

08-13-2014 12:54 BJT

Kiev and Moscow have agreed to allow a Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid into Ukraine.But not everyone is happy about the deal.

The convoy of 280 trucks heading through Russia towards eastern Ukraine has sent alarm bells ringing in Kiev.

Moscow says the trucks are carrying 2000 tons of humanitarian aid including food, water and medical supplies

But the convoy evoked anger from some Ukrainian lawmakers who said there were other ways Moscow could help

"The best aid from their side would be to stop killing our people in Donbass, would be to pull out the terrorists from there. The best aid would be for them to give back our Crimea, which they have annexed, occupied and stolen. And their noodles, we don’t need it. They are already feeding lies to the whole world," Oleo Lyashiko, member OF Ukrainian Parliament, said.

Suspicious of Russia’s intentions Ukraine has laid down strict conditions under which the aid supplies will be allowed to cross the border.

"We don’t even consider the possibility of the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukrainian territory. This delivery has to be done according to ordinary procedures - delivery to the border, then it has to clear customs in a transit area. We have to involve additional resources and we are ready to do this because of the large amount of aid. The Red Cross is responsible for the coordination and delivery of this aid," Valeriy Chaly, deputy head of Ukraine’s Presidential Admin., said.

The U.S., French and Australian governments have also voiced concern that Russia, which is the sole international supporter of the rebels here in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east, could use the humanitarian deliveries to carry out a covert operations to help fighters here who appear to be on the verge of defeat.

As Kiev pushes forward with its offensive to push out the pro-Russian rebels their territory has gradually shrunk to just two cities.

As fighting continues thousands of people are believed to be short of water, electricity and medical aid.

In Donetsk, many people are choosing to leave and while the international community speculates on whether Russia may try to intervene in the conflict next door, these people only wonder when they’ll be returning home.

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