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Ukraine: Inspectors checking Russian convoy


KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) - Ukraine said its customs and border service officials on Friday began inspecting a Russian aid convoy parked just beyond its border, a sign that the two countries were taking steps to ease mounting tensions over the shipment.

Sergei Astakhov, an assistant to the deputy head of Ukraine's border guard service, said the cargo would be inspected in the presence of representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The group of 41 Ukrainian border service representatives and 18 customs officials began inspecting the Russian aid at the Donetsk crossing on Friday morning, defense officials in Kiev said in a statement.

Russian news agencies said Russia was prepared to present all necessary documentation and to hand over the cargo to the Red Cross.

The roughly 200 Russian white-tarped trucks have been parked since Thursday near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from the border. Much of the border in this part of eastern Ukraine has been under the control of the pro-Russia separatists.

Ukraine Awaits Clearance for Russian Convoy Check

Russia sent the convoy south after deciding not to abide by an earlier tentative agreement to deliver the aid through a government-controlled border crossing in the Kharkiv region.

Ukraine has expressed fears that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists and threatened to use all means necessary to block the convoy if Ukrainian officials and the Red Cross were not allowed to inspect the cargo.

Adding to the tensions, a dozen Russian armored personnel carriers appeared Friday morning near the aid convoy.

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almazstmp August 15 2014 at 8:10 AM

Kiev sends bombs. Russia sends food, medicine and water. U.S. sends propaganda.

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dennis warner almazstmp August 15 2014 at 10:18 AM

Russia sends death squads machine guns poison gas. Russia is a terrorist country.

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worldcommenter almazstmp August 15 2014 at 11:49 AM

Russia sent terrorists that initiated the whole problem. The people in eastern Ukraine have been living together under the central Kyiv government since 1991, now in 2014 there all of the sudden is a problem? No, the problem is that Russia wants to dismember Ukraine.

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Paul August 15 2014 at 7:45 AM

This was a civil war,and neither the EU nor the Russians should have been involved in it. And Obama had no business even talking about it

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worldcommenter Paul August 15 2014 at 11:47 AM

It was NOT a civil war. It is an armed incursion and inserection sponsored by Russia to destabilize Ukraine and to eventually annex the provinces with the largest military / industrial manufacturing into Russia. It is alot easier for Russia to conquer and take what it wants versus developing it themselves.

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Tom Harrell August 15 2014 at 10:06 AM

Beware of "COMMIES" bearing GIFTS !
Putin thinks he's ODYSEUS.

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bjredmond64 August 15 2014 at 10:04 AM

putin wants war. why not? he's pretty safe. america isnt what it should be. besides, end times and all that, it has to start somewhere.

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dennis warner bjredmond64 August 15 2014 at 10:20 AM

Putin is a paper tiger

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jim August 15 2014 at 9:33 AM

Doesn't this remind anyone of the older age group of Germany, approx. 1939 when they spoke of peace & invaded Poland, France & my fathers country Czechoslavakia. Russia thinks that no one can stop them but lest they forget the divisions of Chinese troops on their opposite border & the combined military that they MIGHT face from the Ukraine side . I think Putin thinks that no one will make a stand against him & he will push his luck to far.

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Jim jim August 15 2014 at 9:39 AM

China just signed a 30 year Natural Gas importation Contract with Russia. And China paid Russia $20 billion to defray costs for Russian infrastructure improvements. China cares nothing about Western sanctions.

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worldcommenter Jim August 15 2014 at 11:52 AM

But China aldso thinks that Siberia belongs to it and has been slowly supporting the non-ethnic Russian majorities to seek their independence from Moscow. We were never told of the many battles China and Russia fought over the Amar River.

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Sir. JJStryyker August 15 2014 at 8:17 AM

Hey Ukraine, Don't turn your back or blink an eye. Destroy those trucks where they stand. Nothing good can come from Putin charity. All he wants is to cross your boarder. Check all those goods for electronic devices and chemicals. If Ukraine deceides to accept those goods, be sure to bring Your trucks to Those trucks for unloading. Don't let them into you country. Who knows maybe their wired with explosives.

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kimmer0310 Sir. JJStryyker August 15 2014 at 9:14 AM

As of late WE have created civil unrest overseas. More so than Russia. WE armed the rebels that are slaughtering vast amounts of people.

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almazstmp August 15 2014 at 8:05 AM

280 trucks, not 200. AOL just can't control its bias.

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jfusco316 August 15 2014 at 7:54 AM

Seems to me you could have put more supplies in every truck. All of the ones in the pictures are half full and those trucks can carry alot of weight.

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bjredmond64 jfusco316 August 15 2014 at 10:05 AM

suspicious, isnt it?

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Jim August 15 2014 at 9:35 AM

Chess. Not checkers. Not marbles. Chess. One small nondescript move at a time.

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commtranz August 15 2014 at 10:49 AM

Don't you think it is suspicious that ALL these drivers are dressed exactly alike down to the shoes ??? these are russian soldiers coming to influrence this area

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