The government in Kiev is denying permission for a Russian aid convoy to enter Ukraine and stating that any aid must be turned over at the Russia-Ukrainian border. The convoy is reportedly carrying aid for war torn East Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists and forces loyal to Kiev have been battling for months leading to numerous civilian casualties and strains on infrastructure.
The attempt to deliver aid within Ukrainian territory by Russia has been condemned by the EU and US as a de facto invasion of Ukraine. President Obama and German Prime Minister Angela Merkel said “Russian intervention in Ukraine, even under purported “humanitarian” auspices, without the formal, express consent and authorization of the Government of Ukraine is unacceptable, violates international law, and will provoke additional consequences.”
The Russian government has said the convoy made up of 280 trucks is part of an agreement made with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to provide aid as part of a relief operation that Russia was supposed to be allowed to participate in. Now it seems the deal has changed and Russians can not participate due to invasion fears.
Meanwhile, while the world wonders if full scale war will break out, more evidence has emerged that the US and EU helped stoke the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych in hopes of bringing Ukraine into NATO’s sphere of influence.
And still scarcely reported here have been the billions of dollars and euros the West has been more or less secretively pouring into Ukraine to promote the cause: not just to prop up its bankrupt government and banking system, but to fund scores of bogus “pro-European” groups making up what the EU calls “civil society”.<
When the European Commission told a journalist that, between 2004 and 2013, these groups had only been given €31 million, my co-author Richard North was soon reporting on his EU Referendum blog that the true figure, shown on the commission’s own “Financial Transparency” website, was €496 million. The 200 front organisations receiving this colossal sum have such names as “Center for European Co-operation” or the “Donetsk Regional Public Organisation with Hope for the Future” (the very first page shows how many are in eastern Ukraine or Crimea, with their largely Russian populations).
Will Russia agree to stop at the border? More importantly, will Russia stand by and let Kiev destroy what remains of the separatists in East Ukraine? Though both remain to be seen, blocking a purported humanitarian aid convoy is not exactly a step towards reconciliation. Is the next step invasion?