Group of Russian aid trucks moving towards border with Ukraine

by Reuters
Sunday, 17 August 2014 08:39 GMT

Refugees from the city of Luhansk sit inside a car at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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Ukrainian government has designated the Russian convoy as humanitarian aid

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Sixteen trucks that are part of a massive Russian aid convoy for Ukraine left the parking lot in western Russia where the convoy has been waiting for days and headed in the direction of the Ukrainian border, a Reuters journalist said.

The Ukrainian government said late on Monday it has designated the Russian convoy as humanitarian aid, in principle clearing it to cross the border under the auspices of the Red Cross. The Russia column comprises about 280 trucks in total. (Reporting by Dmitry Madorsky; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alexei Anishchuk)

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