… from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s note: The humanitarian effort to bring critical supplies into East Ukraine encountered some road blocks from the White House, throwing what they felt would be stalling obstacles, which early reports estimated would prolong the suffering for at least another week.
But, to the surprise of most observers, Kiev and Moscow worked things out without foreign interference. Imagine that!
The Russians used a tactic unknown in the West. To speed up getting aid to those who so badly need it, they said yes to any concerns and conditions that Kiev had until they were all settled. So once again, the Russians have taken the diplomatic moral high ground, while the West remains in their mud bunker.
We have an earlier VT posting today on the OSCE observers continuing to report that they have found no Russian violations of having threatening military forces along the Ukraine border. The Pentagon and NATO continue to make fools of themselves and squander what is left of American prestige with blatant lies on the world stage that are quite easy to expose. The 20,000 troops they told us about must be those invisible Russian commandos.
So the East Ukrainian people may get some respite from the pummeling they have been under. An American transport plane landed in Kiev, and yes, it was loaded with military supplies for the Ukrainian army.
We remember that Poroshenko used the first ceasefire to rest and refit his troops to launch a new offensive as soon as the last one ended.
When that offensive was stopped with significant losses, that was when Kiev started shelling the civilian areas in retribution. Neither the US nor the EU showed any effort to stop it.
Poroshenko has also asked for international talks to begin on an East Ukraine settlement. His government is teetering on the brink with its inability to get a budget passed, as too many MPs want to play Santa Claus for their districts when there is no money. Maybe they are beginning to figure it out that the war is eating up the funds that they want for other things.
They could have asked VT months ago, and we have could briefed them about how stupid it was not to negotiate a federated settlement. So we will hope that some grownups can be found to negotiate a grownup settlement, so they all can get about rebuilding their country… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … August 12, 2014 –
The Russian Foreign Ministry has received a note from the Ukrainian government expressing its readiness to accept the Russian humanitarian aid. The news came as Moscow agreed on the Ukrainian presence in the humanitarian convoy.
The arrangements for the humanitarian aid convoy have been completely agreed upon, with all of Kiev’s wishes taken into account, including the route, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters at a press conference in Sochi.
“We have agreed on a route convenient for the Kiev authorities. We agreed that our trucks would have Ukrainian number plates during their way through Ukrainian territory. We also agreed to take on board not only the representatives of the Red Cross and the OSCE, but also representatives of the Ukrainian authorities,” Lavrov said. “The convoy has set off,” he added. “We have received a note with the confirmation of the Ukrainian side’s readiness to receive the aid.”
Earlier, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military said that Kiev intended to hold up the internationally-supervised aid convoy meant for the Ukraine’s east for at least a week. Ukraine said the time was needed for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to establish where exactly the aid should go.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has abandoned the idea to reload the aid from Russian trucks onto Red Cross transport after a search at the border, according to Lavrov said.
“They raised the question of reloading the aid from all 287 trucks onto the trucks rented by the Red Cross, but, for obvious reasons, abandoned this idea, because it would only complicate and make the implementation of this humanitarian action more expensive,” the Russian FM said.
“I count a lot on the hope that public statements made by some Kiev authorities with the demand for new conditions will be disavowed and won’t interfere with the accomplishment of the agreements reached between Russia, Ukraine and the Red Cross,” he added.
Lavrov stressed that Kiev is guaranteeing the safety of the convoy.
“We firmly rely on the assurances by the Ukrainian authorities. They are guaranteeing the safety of the whole convoy’s movement on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian special forces,” he said.
Russia is also counting on the anti-government forces to ensure security. The self-defense troops in eastern Ukraine have already been informed:
“We expect the self-defense forces to express the same attitude toward this humanitarian action. I’m sure there’ll be no breaches, as they are now on the territory, the residents of which require badly humanitarian assistance,” Lavrov stated.
The truth about events in eastern Ukraine has started to appear in the Western media, Lavrov said, and thanked Russian journalists for the contribution they have made in covering these events.
“Western media are beginning, although unwillingly, to cover the situation in detail, showing all the horrors experienced by the civilian population,” Lavrov said.
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