Russia announces second aid convoy for Ukraine

Moscow - Russia is planning to send a second aid convoy to areas in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist rebels, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

Despite widespread international criticism of the first convoy, a second convoy would make the journey this week, Lavrov said.

The Ukrainian government was being informed of the move, he said, and he called on the Ukrainian authorities and the Red Cross to work with Russia.

Russia sent about 200 trucks into eastern Ukraine on Friday, and they crossed back over the border into Russia the following day.

Ukraine has said it suspected the trucks were being used to deliver supplies to the pro-Russian rebels.

The Russians sent the first convoy into Ukraine without permission from the Ukrainian government, a move which sparked massive international condemnation of Moscow.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to meet Tuesday in Belarus to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

It will be their second face-to-face meeting since the Ukraine crisis erupted in February after pro-Russian separatists staged a rebellion following the toppling of the Moscow-backed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

On Saturday, Poroshenko said Ukraine would spend billions of dollars reequipping its armed forces.

He said in a speech in Kiev commemorating Ukraine's Independence Day that an additional 3 billion dollars would be spent from 2015 to 2017.

David Jones 2014/08/25 07:03:30 PM
Russia is rushing aid to Ukraine sufferers emulating US in Iraq.
Rice Safari 2014/08/25 08:51:10 PM
Putin simply does not care what the Western governments think. Obama has proven the US to be as virile as a toothless old crone. Without the US Western Europe and NATO are powerless. There is nothing which can prevent Russia or China doing as they please - unless, maybe, Obama threatens to smack them with his Big Bertha golf club.
Diana Gill 2014/08/25 10:35:56 PM
Let me guess which will be another sensational claim: This was a hideous Russian ploy to send humanitarian cargo with the first convoy to only decrease the awareness of the observers. The second one probably, but the third for sure will definitely be packed up to the ceiling with transformer robots and nanoblasters of 10th generation..Oops the Foreign Policy with references to The Telegraph and the Guardian reporters has stolen such a brilliant script.