Friday, August 15, 2014

Has Putin sent a Trojan horse?

Russian solders with their several military vehicle gather at the rail road crossing about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Ukrainian border at Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, early Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press)

Ukraine: Inspectors checking Russian convoy

By Associated Press August 15 at 4:49 AM

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia — 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.

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