Russia Tells Kiev "It Is Ready To Provide Humanitarian Aid" To East Ukraine

Tyler Durden's picture

Some were confused by the latest bout of radiosilence emanating from the Kremlin in the aftermath of both the "Chocolate King" winning the Ukraine presidential election, and the most recent escalation of fighting in self-proclaimed as independent Republic of Donetsk, in which more than 50 "separatists" were killed. This ended moments ago when the Russian foreign ministry issued a press release that it has received appeals for humanitarian aid from the "conflict zone" in east Ukraine, and that more importantly, it is is ready to the "provide the population with the required assistance."

As Bloomberg adds, Russia has asked for Ukraine’s help in allowing delivery of supplies to affected areas, and that it is ready to seek approval on routes, terms of transporation of supplies, ministry says.

"Given the urgent nature of the situation, Russia is counting on the fastest possible answer from Ukraine on this request,” the ministry says.

Naturally, since Ukraine will respond with a resounding "no" to any official Russian entry into its territory, it then puts Russia - which has formally acknowledged east Ukraine is asking for its help - in the position of deciding what the best way of aiding citizens in the east. Without the Kiev government's support.

From the Russian Ministry:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a note to Ukraine, which draws the attention of the Ukrainian side to the fact that the Russian side has received insistent appeals from individuals and organizations in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, where as a result of military actions there are numerous human casualties and victims, asking for urgent humanitarian assistance, especially medical supplies and medicines.


Russian stressed that it is ready to provide the population in these regions with the required assistance, and proposed to the Ukrainian side to promptly take the necessary measures to ensure the immediate delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to the affected regions.


Specific routes and transport conditions of such humanitarian assistance, according to the note, could be agreed in due course through the appropriate Russian and Ukrainian authorities.


Given the urgent nature of the situation, Russia is counting on the fastest possible answer from Ukraine on this request.

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GetZeeGold's picture



"It Is Ready To Provide Humanitarian Aid"


With tanks one would assume.

sangell's picture

Armored humanitarian vehicles please.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I am sorry.  As much shit as we give Obama for being a pussy on here -- Putin is giving him a run for his money at this point, with Putin drawing red line after red line just for the West to walk all over them. 

If Putin isn't willing to defend the East of Ukraine -- then he deserves to get encircled and have NATO nukes 312 kms away from Moscow. 

Winston Churchill's picture

He is playing to the BRIICS ans associate audience. He has to play reasonable,

giving the neocons more rope to hang themselves.This is geopolitical calculus ,

not sums. He has one shot ,and he needs it to be a head shot when he fires.


Ghordius's picture

+1 Putin plays to several audiences, not only the BRICS (where he shares some requests for more sphere of influence policies), but also the Eastern Europeans and the Western Europeans. I make a difference between the two groups of countries because the first have quite good memories of how a Russian Hegemony looks like (and lots of debates how it really was)

Looney's picture

As of today, Ukraine owes Gasprom $4 Billion. Plus, Ukraine must pre-pay $1.66 Billion for June’s gas on June 2. On June 3, Gasprom will release only as much gas as “Ukraine pre-paid for”.

Ukraine is about to turn from FREE GAS to GAS FREE ZONE in a couple of days. I think? ;-)


tonyw's picture

As of today 28th May it is reported "The European Commission said Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz agrees to pay $2 billion by Friday and another $500 million by June 7 to settle its outstanding debts." in return Gazprom will continue to ship the gas without prepayment. Of course we have to see if ukraine can pay these amounts.

Winston Churchill's picture

Until the check clears, you only think you have a sale.

Stackers's picture

How did Obama put it ? ........... Kenitic humanitarian aid ?

Confused's picture

You guys are crazy! Gas problem? No problem! Biden Jr. is on the case. #savingtheday



BigJim's picture

They need flammable gas, not hot air.

Urban Roman's picture

Pull Biden Jr's finger.

Just pull it.

JR's picture

To be paid with IMF, i.e., Fed, i.e, American taxpayer money.

BigJim's picture

Nah, that's the beauty of governmental spending of USD - the whole world foots the bill via petrodollar recycling.

US taxpayers bear relatively little burden for their government's spending, because the rest of the world picks up the tab via reduced purchasing power of their existing USD holdings.

Most USD are held outside the US, remember?

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

And we remain blissfully in ignorance why this country is so vehemently hated through out the world. Traveling let me see how in reality no one would sell their soul to come to the USA. I was a tad taken aback. What? They don't hate us for our freedoms?


StychoKiller's picture

Meh, they DO hate us for one freedom:  The freedom to print FRNs like there's no tomorrow!

JR's picture

The International Monetary Fund is funded primarily by taxpayers from the United States and the European Union.

In addition to the massive IMF bailout, according to The New American, in May the U.S. Congress has agreed to shower Ukraine’s new rulers with a separate $1 billion bailout while “the emerging Brussels-based super-state, meanwhile, approved an EU ‘aid’ package funded by European taxpayers worth well over 10 times that amount. Other wealth transfers from the West to Kiev for various alleged purposes are also underway.”

BigJim's picture

The money supply of the US is created ex-nihilo via the Fed and their banking cartel. US citizens pay some taxes, but you don't get a $17T national debt by paying all your government's bills, do you?

On top of that is the negative balance of trade, whereby foreigners have exchanged value for more ex-nihilo US goodness.

Probably the best way to see the USD is not as some 'American' currency, but as the currency the whole world is obliged to use, but only Fed-franchised banks can create. All the other currencies function more like those 'local' currencies people develop regionally. US citizens are the only ones obliged to pay taxes to help pay for the US government's largesse, true, but everyone else props up the value of the dollar by having to pay for oil with it (most of which then gets recycled into buying US government debt)... so, although the US taxpayer is being taxed, the purchasing power of his money is being propped up by the rest of the world's population buying oil (and concomitantly, many commodities) with it.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Hey Ghordius

I'm sorry but could you refresh our collective memories on which Country it is that has invested billions to overthrow the existing government through "black and blue" revolutions by force using staged violent protests they made good on during Russia's winter olympics, seizing control of the legitimately elected government by the people and for the people in 2010 with a military style right wing Neo-Nazi coup when that government didn't give that other Country what it wanted including it's inclusion into NATO?...

I don't think Mr. Putin should have to work that much harder to get the rest of the BRIICS on board when you also factor in the deaths of Russians prior to their winter games with the bombings in Volgograd???...

Time for a hot war!

Ghordius's picture

why don't you refresh our memories? I'm just pointing to a small detail, i.e. to what audiences Putin is playing, and how differently they are taking in his messages

Russian media is very busy on their "fascist" and "neo-nazi" Ukrainian memes, yet remember that Maidan protesters were against corruption first, and all the rest second, and that they were over 100'000 at times, hardly all agents or neo-nazi groups

you know what? those Ukrainian articles are becoming "double-echo" chambers. so let me point a different Ukrainian theme that has not been touched, yet: the rise of the private armies that some Ukrainian oligarchs are raising among the employees of their firms, all for "self defense" and "just in case". square this off with the strange meme that the waning of state power is good for the individual

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Russian media is very busy on their "fascist" and "neo-nazi" Ukrainian memes, yet remember that Maidan protesters were against corruption first, and all the rest second, and that they were over 100'000 at times, hardly all agents or neo-nazi groups"...

Why Ghordius

Where are all the rabid Zionist Neo-cons with their vocal endorsement for ridding Ukraine of their Svoboda and Right Sector "champions"?!!!

Still selling the World the Holocaust story -Correct????

What a tangled web of irony we weave!

Phuk u's picture


Would that be the neo nazis who got less than 3% of the vote in Ukraine, the people 

spoke. There are many more neo-nazis in France and Denmark than in Ukraine and even

more in Moscow where free speech is not tolerated. My what a tangled web of myopia you weave.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Would that be the neo nazis who got less than 3% of the vote in Ukraine, the people spoke.

If you are suggesting the elections by the current CANVAS installed government were legitimate this past weekend I might buy your premise.  But how can we be certain it was "only 3%" when a foreign backed coup government was the one holding the elections?

Oh and here is a refresher on putting the "blue" in blue helmets for subverting legitimate governments...

Phuk u's picture

Poroshenko with about 54% of the total vote was elected president for two main reasons

firstly Ukrainians did not want this to go to the second round as to hopefully sort out the shit in Donbass quickly

and secondly he was the strongest candidate.


Oh and here is a refresher on putting opinions in the way of an story.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


Thanks for the literature from "Zucker"book and The Gray Lady.  Both bastions of integrity on anything and everything that has to do with "Truth" in journalism.

JR's picture

This election was another nail in the coffin of nationhood, of sovereignty for the peoples in western and eastern Europe - a final push to globalize IMF austerity – an election that invited the notorious Iraqi warmonger Madeleine Albright to Kiev to lead a team of international election observers but that banned Russian journalists from entry. 

Farcical “Elections” in Ukraine: Staging Ground for Escalation of Conflict, Hostilities

By Daniel Patrick Welch

Global Research, May 26, 2014

It was a classic circus, as much of a fairy tale ‘election’ as one might expect from oligarchical fascists backed by the most murderous empire in human history. Burning down offices of opposition parties, outlawing them, shooting, torturing and killing opponents… mobilizing the military power of the state to conduct a massive terror campaign against nearly half the country.. not to mention the only candidate who might appeal to the disaffected southeast of the country, Oleg Tsarov, beaten to a pulp by a fascist mob while police watched and did nothing–who later has his house burned down by more fascists.. the list goes on.

On election day neatly stacked blocks of ballots appeared at the bottom of lucite ballot boxes, and the pre-determined and US chosen winner was duly announced from election commissions guarded by Right Sector thugs.

Within a couple hours of voting, miracle working counters tallied millions of paper ballots and announced– ta da–a 55% or 57% victory for billionaire oligarch and chocolate magnate–dubbed Willy Wonka by cynical Ukrainians, thereby equally miraculously circumventing the need for a messy second round.

A Czech source quoted at 17.52% turnout–the junta claimed, at one point, 38%. No matter. As one friend in Kharkov exclaimed in frustration,

“I wouldn’t look for too much accuracy or accountability in numbers. Fascists don’t know or care. That’s how fascism works.”

The western press will collude in rubber stamping this fiction, and the Kiev regime’s legitimacy will be further tarnished everywhere but inside the echo chamber. A larger question lays bare the absurdity of this process: after a “revolution,” isn’t it a logical first step to agree on a new governing framework–a constitution, a basic law to replace the order the people have supposedly rejected. In this sense, exactly what office is Willy Wonka assuming. Over what, exactly, is he presumed to “preside?” The answer, of course, is that he is merely the new face of oligarchic rule in Ukraine, hand-pre-picked by the US to have a fig leaf to cover the devolving train wreck that is their disastrous and reckless policy in the country.”

The real news, of course, is what happens now…

While it is also a war of words, and words are crucial, this is now a hot war, and the forces of evil–at this moment in the hot spot of Ukraine–have made open military conflict a necessity and an inevitability. It is a scary and dangerous time.

Phuk u's picture

 I shall try better next time.

Quinvarius's picture

In your American sensibilities, unless you drive a tank through city hall as a first response, you are not handling the situation?  Putin has just put the West in the position of announcing it will treat the population of the East like worthless animals, or it can allow Russian aid workers in the country where the West might end up shooting them along with the rest of the population.  There is no downside to Putin's move.  And clearly, the tanks are coming.  When Putin pulled back off of the borders, while things were escalating up, you should have become more worried, not less.  Only an idiot in the US State Department would think hiding your knifehand before a fight is retreating.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

You bring up excellent points, as does the guy above you. 

And while the geo-political chess-board is beyond comprehension, at least for me -- I am sure that both sides have plans, and backups for plans, and the contingency plans for those.  What I am worried about is Putin playing nice for too long. 

There comes a time when you do have to drive a tank through City Hall's front door, and there are times to get the local population to do it for you.  While I am sure Putin has a few dozen more tricks up his sleeve, discussing the Cossak slaughter yesterday, or the pro Russian slaughter in Odessa as evidence that Putin'S plan is working seems like you'Re drinking the cool-aide. 

Perhaps you have some insight that we do not?  

Quinvarius's picture

The Gulf of Tonkin was fake.  Odessa is real.  That is all the insight I have into justifications for military action.

Quinvarius's picture

I am saying everything the West does to the East builds the pro-Russian case for intervention.  So when they do roll, they will have the moral authority in the situation.  When you perceive a slaughter of Easterners as a victory for the West, you may be ignoring those people voted for independence and do not consider themselves part of the West.  It was a slaughter of patriots to the other side.  When the West denies food and medical attention to the East, it means the Russians can morally bring it by force.   Putin is building a case. 

Vincent.Eugene.Rothschild's picture

Though Putin plays a mean game of Chess, I would still prefer to awake to a Russian "No Fly Zone" over western Ukraine a.s.a.p.  A little "humanitarian aid" small-arms shipments to the local civilians, etc.  But I wonder.  Recently I came across article stating that the US had authorized 12,000 TOW's to Saudi Arabia (our arms supplier discrete).  I wonder if a few thousand of those will be awaiting the Russian tanks.  If so this will come down as a crowning ultimate victory for the filth in D.C.  I wonder........sometimes.........if it is all a setup.    Reminds me of the arms transport that Putin was sending to Libya.  The reptile-filth in England  forced the vessel from Intl waters into port and sent it back home.  Were Putin a 'leader without a leash' he would not have tolerated that act.  (or, tit-tat, begin to stop shipments carrying US arms being sent to Israel, Syria, Saud, etc)  Either way, I am not sure I would roll tanks across that border enmass.  Either Putin is in on it, or there is a serious mouse-trap being set in Ukraine.

JR's picture

It was America’s Jewish U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (née Marie Jana Korbel) who said that the “price” of 500,000 dead Iraqi children for U.S. sanctions on Iraq was worth it.

It was U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maniacally laughing when Democrat warmonger and former Bush U.S. Secretary of State James Baker said "we have to take them [Iran] out” and “we’re the only ones big enough to do it,” who raucously cheered him on with "the best thing for us is to be attacked by somebody."

This is the force of evil that America has become under its partnership with Israel:

“I think NATO, without any question, has done more to promote security, more to promote prosperity, and more to promote freedom than any other alliance in human history.” – U.S Secretary of State John Kerry (aka Kohn), remarks at the Atlantic Council’s “Toward a Europe Whole and Free” Conference, April 29, 2014

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. – Isaiah 5:20

And woe to the rest of us who do not work with all our might to stop them.

johny2's picture

last thing Russia should do is go fighting against the Ukraine.


much sooner they should go fighting against Nuland and co. whatever it takes.

Confused's picture

Which Ukraine are you speaking of? The people or the state? Because I'm sure we can all agree he shouldn't fight the people, however, if you are referring to the state....well that is him fighting a proxy of Nuland and all the others. 

johny2's picture

why fight a proxy which by all reasons should be your biggest ally? much better to reveal a truth about the scheme, backed by the proofs. even fighting americans should be out of the question. fight the fed is a better option.

tonyw's picture

"there are times to get the local population to do it for you. " exactly, with a population of millions east ukraine should be able to field a substantial "army" of seperatists, if they are not prepared to fight for themselves then why should russia fight for them?

agent default's picture

I am sure that both sides have plans - The US doesn't plan.  The US gambles.

Boxed Merlot's picture

The US doesn't plan.  The US gambles...


I believe the word is pragmatic.  Fix it today, we'll deal with the fall out and additional problems our "fix" creates tomorrow. 

JFK was a master of this philosophy 50 years ago and we've only been living out his vision.  Only now our fixes require massive amounts of deceit, denial and an increased likelihood of (more) needless death before justice has an opportunity to reassert itself.



Mabussur's picture

If you look at the situation from orbit, everything becomes much clearer.

The USA's playbook is based on the works of Zbigniew Brzezinski and Paul Wolfowitz. In a nutshell, the general idea is that world domination can only be achieved through control of the eurasian landmass. Ukraine is the link that brings Russia into europe and Europe into Asia (depending who will end up having controlling influence over the country)

Long story short, if the USA and allies gain control of Ukraine (thus preventing Russia from doing so), the parameters of the Wolfowitz doctrine will be fullfilled, theoratically propelling the US on the road to world domination and ultimately the creation of a unipolar world (which would be very very bad). On the other hand, if Vladimir Putin and Russia can get somehow the upper hand, the world is headed towards influence by 2 blocs, cold war style.

If you add to that the fact that it's all or nothing time for the US given the fact that the mighty $$$ is about to choke, you see that neither sides can nor will back off of Ukraine, making war inevitable.

In short, if the US get Ukraine, the US get Europe and (per Wolfowitz, the world), if Russia gets Ukraine, Russia gets Europe.

Control of Europe is the name of the game, everything is posturing, manoeuvering towards that goal.

Which would you choose ? As a European, I have had uncle Sam's cock rammed so far up my ass for the better part of 70 years that my tonsils are inflamed. I welcome team Russia with open arms because i do not want to live under the iron fist that the globalists pupetteers are preparing to bring down on us nor do I want my children to.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I live in Germany.  I would welcome the Russians here, if and only if, they bring with them an economic system that is essentially 180° opposite from what they had in the USSR. 

The USD is on the way it as is the American empire. It will be interesting to see who fills the vacuum, and hope it can be done without a world war.  

Confused's picture

I think here in the East people prefer not to have that meal again. Then again, I don't think they'd like the US either. 

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Fair enough. 

I would really prefer a United Germany that asserts herself independently of East and the USSA. 

Ghordius's picture

interesting view, yet I firmly believe that the window of opportunity for a unipolar world has shut down

and imho both Zbig and Wolfowitz exaggerated Ukraine's importance in geopolitics in general (it is important, but more for Russia than anybody else)

for criminy, don't forget that the "less than 10'000" US troops in Afghanistan need "Eurasian" bases just to keep supplied

why? because Pakistan shut the supply lines down. why? because of the drone war, there

Mabussur's picture

I firmly believe that the window of opportunity for a unipolar world has shut down

May you be a prophet in your own time.

Seeing Red's picture

But I thought fighting a land war in Asia was generally regarded as a BAD idea -- and even demonstrable in the game Risk.  Oh well, I guess it's no longer true then.

Telemakhos's picture

This.  There is no downside to this move.  Only, he probably doesn't even need the tanks at this point.  Tanks are blunt and visible.  Putin has learned that his best assets in the "conflict" so far were special forces without armor (or identification).  He's taken a lesson from that: pull back the tanks and offer the West no news footage of scary, military-looking things with which to justify sanctions.  Let softer power and special forces do the work; it's cheaper, more effective, offers the West less of a surface to attack.  Tanks just make for bad publicity, and it's not like the West is actually going to do anything against which a tank would be useful.

Urban Roman's picture

... the "polite men in green".  Maybe with a few MANPADS.