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Russia: all objections to sending humanitarian aid resolved


08-18-2014 19:20 BJT

Russia said on Monday that all objections to sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine have been resolved but no progress had been made in Berlin talks toward a ceasefire between the government and rebel forces in the eastern part of the country.

Russia and Ukraine have been at a standstill over a convoy of 280 Russian trucks carrying water, food and medicine. The convoy has been parked for days in Russia near the Ukrainian border after objections from Kiev.

Following talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference in Berlin that all questions related to the Russian initiative to send the trucks with humanitarian aid have been resolved, and everything has been agreed to between Russia, Ukraine, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Foreign Minister also described the situation in east Ukraine as a "humanitarian catastrophe" and said a ceasefire was needed as civilians had been under bombardment from the Ukrainian advance.

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