quarta-feira, 13 de agosto de 2014

Russian aid convoy en route to Ukraine but shrouded in doubts

Departed this morning from Naro-Fominsk, in the metropolitan area of Moscow, Russia, a humanitarian convoy to help the people of Ukraine Luhansk region to withstand the difficulties imposed by the conflict that has dragged on in Eastern Ukraine between separatist rebels and the Government based in Kiev. The departure of these information 280 trucks, carrying 2,000 tons of goods donated by Muscovites to Ukrainians, have been disclosed by Russian media and some doubts still hanging over this initiative of the Kremlin already underway.

#Luhansk in 'critical situation' without food, power and water http://t.co/k6xFZWvvRY

Telephone conversation with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso http://t.co/NSWePHSrk9

The sending of this humanitarian convoy was announced Monday by Vladimir Putin after the Russian President have talked on the phone with the leader of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese who, in turn, also talked about the subject with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. In a press release published on the official European Union (EU), it is revealed that "the President Barroso underlined [in both phone calls] firm EU requirement that is guaranteed to Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and support for the implementation of the agreed peace plan."

I spoke with both Pdt #Poroshenko & Pdt #Putin today regarding the situation in #Ukraine. All details here http://t.co/ogbqw6KHzd

For its part, Kiev requires the presence of the Russian trucks in Ukraine is coordinated by the International Red Cross, which Putin assured be awake. However, there arose any confirmation of that consent by the Red Cross. The Ukrainian Government admits that authorises the entry of Russian trucks in Ukraine.

Associated Press: #Ukraine says will deny access to Russian #aid http://t.co/D5hsgqhOPM

The last communication from the international humanitarian relief organization, at this point (11:30, hour from Lisbon), is a "tweet": "any submission help [for Ukraine] has to respect our principles of work, such as neutrality and independence". This communication refers to a statement posted Monday on the official website of the Red Cross which opens with the warning that "it is urgent that aid reaches people in Luhansk and other regions of the East" of Ukraine.

#Ukraine: Any aid delivery must respect our working principles, such as neutrality and independence. Full statement: http://t.co/43rV74QDav

Guaranteed seems to be, however, the humanitarian convoy escort, after crossing the border from Russia to Ukraine, by elements of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE). On the table, being studied, is also the possibility of the contents of the trucks Russians be transferred to Ukrainian vehicles at the border, thus avoiding possible problems that may arise with the vehicles sent by Moscow in Ukrainian territory. On the other hand, we also guarantee the whole load verification that Russia intends to do in Ukraine.

Despite assurances from the Kremlin, United States and European Union maintain some suspicion about Russian aid to the villages of Eastern Ukraine, where stands the armed rebellion of pró-russos separatist groups. In the air, hovers the fear this is just a pretext for a possible military intervention in Ukraine if the Russian convoy suffered some sort of attack.

EU increases #humanitarian assistance for #Ukraine conflict-affected population by €2.5 million http://t.co/gjyJbTwfGO cc KGeorgievaEU<p>â€" European Commission (EU_Commission) 12 agosto 2014

The Board, however, of 280 trucks Russians en route to Ukraine are products such as, for example, 400 tons of cereals, 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons of medicines, 12 thousand sleeping bags or 69 electric heaters. The ride this train extends for about 1000 miles. The entry in Ukraine, if confirmed, will have to happen through border crossings controlled by the Ukrainian Government and without any Russian military presence.

The situation in the Eastern regions of #Ukraine (August 12, 2014; 12:00) pic.twitter.com/aQlRBfjMCX

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