Ukraine Blocks Russian Humanitarian Convoy, Accuses Kremlin Of Sending "Disguised Military Gear"

Tyler Durden's picture

It took virtually no time from the announcement of the massive, 300-vehicle strong Russian humanitarian convoy destined to alleviate the crisis in east Ukraine, to its departure, leading many to assume - correctly - that the operation had been planned weeks in advance.

Truck convoy sets out from Alabino near Moscow (RIA)

Russian TV showed the aid being loaded onto trucks.

However, with the trucks currently in transit from a point southwest of Moscow and set to enter Ukrainian territory through a customs checkpoint in the Kharkiv region, according to former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, a snag has appeared: Ukraine, which previously blessed the Russian convoy's entry into the country has had a change of heart and has announced it would not allow the convoy in its current state.


As Ukraine security council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said early this morning, the convoy should pass through a government-controlled border post and be accompanied by Red Cross officials.  As BBC adds, what was previously a greenlighted operation merely under the condition that it was spearheaded by the Red Cross, Lysenko said Ukraine had three conditions for receiving the aid:

  • That it should pass through a border post controlled by Ukrainian government guards
  • That it should be accompanied by Red Cross representatives
  • That a decision should be made about the amount being sent, its destination and route.

Lysenko further adds that the convoy of 280 trucks dispatched on Tuesday “did not pass the ICRC certification.”

Another Ukrainian official, Valery Chaly, said Ukraine would not allow access to a convoy accompanied by the Russian military or Emergencies Ministry.

The BBC's David Stern, in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, says there has been some confusion in the Ukrainian government's response to news of the convoy, suggesting it has been taken by surprise. Nothing surprising about that.

Presidential aide Valery Chaliy said Kiev wants the entire cargo to be unloaded on the border and transferred to Red Cross vehicles.

“We will not allow any escort of the Russian Emergencies Ministry or Russian military,” he said. “Ukraine will take responsibility for this procedure.”

According to RT, Lysenko claimed that the convoy consists of repainted military trucks and is accompanied by an S-300 air defense system, according to the news agency Ukraine National News.

He didn’t elaborate on why Russia would need to send a system that is meant to protect key strategic positions from enemy aircraft and missiles, but is useless in guarding a convoy of vehicles on the move.

Meanwhile, the confusion grows:  the Red Cross said it was informed by Moscow that the convoy had been dispatched, but had yet to receive detailed shipping lists and distribution plans.

“The situation is changing by the hour and right now we are not in a position to provide further details now as to how this operation could take place,” ICRC spokesperson Anastasiya Isyuk told RT.

Earlier, Moscow said that the humanitarian mission had been agreed by all parties concerned. Russia has sent some 2,000 tons of aid to Ukraine, including food, medicine, sleeping bags and power generators.

Needless to say, that is not what Ukraine thinks: Kiev earlier accused Moscow of trying to conduct a stealth invasion of Ukraine under a guise of humanitarian aid, saying that Russian troops would be posing as guards of the convoy while actually tasked with starting an offensive. And a headline from Bloomberg:


So what happens from here on out is unclear, although it is safe to say that the fate of the BTFD algos today lies in the hands of some 280 freshly painted white trucks.

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Infinite QE's picture

Ok Vlad. Now is the time to start the purge of the New Bolshevik oligarchs. The world is waiting and knows that you are the only leader left capable of purging the global cancer known as zionism.

MFL5591's picture

Couldnt agree more, time to get rid of the filth in the Western sytem!

cossack55's picture

Just like my father told me a long time ago,

"Never, ever trust a nazi"

Infinite QE's picture

These descendants of the Bolshies learned from their ancestors, who slaughtered 100m or so Russians and the world knows barely a peep about it. No Spielberg movies about it.

Save_America1st's picture

If Ukraine doesn't want any of it then maybe Russia can ship it to our southern border instead since our own government has also created a massive humanitarian crisis of illegal invaders who we can't support. 

SWRichmond's picture

I'll tell you what I can't fucking believe: I can't fucking believe these idiots are tweeting about this shit.  The while goddamned planet has a 5 minute attention span.

God help us.

BlindMonkey's picture

The 8 Chinese nurses has me a bit more interested. If that shit is airborne like it seems to be, that will be a wild ride in China.

Latina Lover's picture

Like the Americans did in Serbia, and Iraq, they are ordering the Kiev government to bomb the shit of the civilians, and starve them out, thus the denial of food aid.  The USSA is controlled by satanist banksters.

McCormick No. 9's picture

Nuland Etal is in charge of this counter-ploy.

ICRC controlled by Nuland Etal.

Ukraine controlled by Nuland Etal.

This is what Putin will do. He'll accede to the demands. He'll let the Ukranians inspect and drive the trucks. He will demonstrate his good faith and desire to help the defenseless women and children of the Donbass. But Ukraine will not get gas. First frost is 60 days away.

Nuland Etal is communist, heartless, willing to work with Nazis, as they have since the beginning.


COSMOS's picture

Here is some of the filth in the western system, hard at work....No Surprise here FOLKS

ndotken's picture

How fucking stupid ... if Russia wanted to invade Ukraine, does anyone really think they need to do so under a disguise? WTF are these idiots in Kiev thinking?

Reptil's picture

None of the descisions taken about the Ukraine, in Kiev or in Europe are logical.
Here's a dutch article, in which there is mention that EU diplomats are demanding other (non-EU) countries stop delivering fruit and vegetables to Russia.
(Now that the Netherlands fruit and veggie export is collapsing, because of russian counter-sanctions.)

Brussels is remotely controlled. Just like our government here.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Re: the counterfeiting story: "one large printing press that they would determine had been shipped from Israel"

SamAdams's picture

"Never, ever trust a nazi"

Observation of actions suggests a different subject, one that bankrolls the neo-nazi with money printed from thin-air.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Kiev wants to make sure the Nudleman Cookies are part of the aid package.

Oh regional Indian's picture

People dying of starvation? Hmmmmm....

Did you fill forms 177c in triplicate and 54AID0? Sorry, we have no copies.

You should have brought them with you?

People are what? Hmmmmmmm....


Forms forms forms......

Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class — whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.

SDShack's picture

The Nazi's always kept meticulous records. The ultimate command and control bureaucracy. Just doing what they have always done.

cowdiddly's picture

Damn just sound the 7th trumpet and get it over with. I think Ill have a two cigarettes over easy with a Scotch for breakfast.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

I guess they're worried it's a Trojan Horski.

McCormick No. 9's picture

Tobacco kills ebola!


Davalicious's picture

Putin is Jewish. This is just a build up to a war to kill white people on both sides.

intric8's picture

But the dude on the other side of the conflict is, the same guy who orders ukraine copters and jets to fire on their fellow ukraine compatriots, and shoot down airliners based in south east asia. Not a joo was aboard that flight. Such is their attitude toward 'goyim'.

Keyser's picture

The worst kind of troll is an ignorant troll, trying to push disinformation on the public... Sorry asshat, that won't work on ZH... 

Anusocracy's picture

They take after their masters - being lying sons of bitches.

HardAssets's picture

He didn't even read the details in that dumb link. It says that none of the statements could be confirmed. The logical fallacies come one after another.

IMO it's a good idea to research any info on Putin that you can find. Is he a rival to the Anglo-American NWO or part of it ? That website provided nothing of value to help answer that question.

McCormick No. 9's picture

I read the website you linked, and after appreciating the irony of posting a Makow link myself (see above), I have to say I think you're info is bogus.

Putin a Jew? I doubt it. Reasons follow:

1. While it is true that Jews have been known to pass as Christians (see crypto-Jews in Inquisition Spain), if one looks close enough, one can usually find tell-tales that show they are just faking. Putin's faith appears to be as real as one can expect from any politician, anywhere. Going through the motions of Christian worship ith one's fingers cross behind one's back is one thing, and crypto-Jews have done this for millenia. Bringing the Christian church to power-parity with government, and defending Christians in foreign lands (Armenia and Syria), is usually beyond the ability of a Jew to bring himself to do. If there is one thing Jews hate more than anything else, it is Jesus Christ.

2. Putin aggressively prosecuted the Jewish oligarchs, not ususally something Jews do to other Jews.

3. Putin is not anti-semitic. He appears to genuinely include Jews as members of Russian society. The fact that he doesn't appear to treat Jews any better or any worse than any other Russian citizen to me says that he is not Jewish. Were he Jewish, and aware of his Jewishness, my guess is that he would not be able psychologically to maintain this level of equanimity. He would feel pressure to either pander to Jews, or to treat them harshly. He does neither, thus, he is not a Jew.

4. The fact that Russia is demonized by the Nuland Etal/DC (dual citizen, or other acronym) crowd, and the fact that Ukaraine is dominated by these forces tells me that Russia stands in the way of Zionist world domination, rather than being part of the scheme.

5. This may be left-field, but I take my evidence where I find it. Edgar Cayce predicted that Russia would become a freedom-loving nation and the last best hope for humanity.

Putin is not a Jew, and he is not working for the Jews.

Urban Redneck's picture

If they won't welcome humanitarian aid, then they should be made to welcome Russian fighter jets and bombers - eliminating their ability to create a humanitarian crisis in the first place.

And following on the NATO-approved model in Libya - Petro Poroshenko and his entire family in (regardless of where in downtown Kiev they hide) should be explicitly targeted for containment.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Ghordius's picture

two wrongs don't make a right. btw, was Libya "NATO approved"? you are not making the difference between a destabilization and an intervention after a civil war started

Urban Redneck's picture

You're right, two wrongs don't make a right, but, unfortunately, they do make for sensible foreign policy if one views all sovereigns as inherently equal and seeks to be respected as other sovereign(s) are. NATO coordinated and executed Libya, so they must have approved of it, but as to which country is the destabilization and which is the civil war, I am actually a bit confused...

Ghordius's picture

UR, I remember when bombers had to fly over europe just to hit one of Ghaddaffi's tents. Last Century stuff. Then Ghaddaffi had a change of heart, and became again a somewhat friendly country. Now I have no idea if someone started the Lybian Civil War, yet it looked like a genuine rebellion against the Lybian dictator

it was only after the civil war was going on that NATO started to interfere. and even there, I do remember how it was the US that claimed to have a good plan. but I digress, what I wanted to write is that "NATO coordinated and executed Lybia" sounds a bit... 

Ghaddafi was allegedly found and shot in the same way as Ceacescu was, deep in the fog of war. Or do you have different, better info?

sovereigns inherently equal? when? where? how? you have to force sovereigns to treat (often only specific) other sovereigns as equals and peers. as we try among the EU peers, to the great chagrin of Britain. As the Romans said, you have to hold the she-wolf by the ears. Otherwise, sovereigns "play" the dominance and submission "game", also called Hegemony and Vassalship, or the Imperial Sphere Game, or just the "Great Game", or as "Laws" noted not long ago, the "Feudal Game". And if this is a euro-centric view... I'm available to examine counter-evidence. China and Japan? hardly

Urban Redneck's picture

Back in the spring of 2011, Syria looked a lot more organic than Libya did. Qaddafi bombed the armory in Benghazi because Fatah Younis was defecting with all of Q'Daf's eastern heavy artillery. Then long before the SAS showed up with a satellite link to Whitehall, the Emir of Qatar was channeling guns and money through the MB in Egypt to the eastern provinces. Then (after running up the sat phone and catering bills in Brussels and getting the UNSC 1973 permission slip) NATO got involved, and when NATO ran out bombs and Barry wasn't in a rush to resupply them, they unleashed Bernanke's printing press on the Emir and to a lesser extent, (IMO due to the White Hut's savage mishandling of the Mubarak fiasco) King Abdilaziz, so they would put mercenary boots on the ground to finish the job NATO couldn't. Barry and Hitlery have even admitted that it was precisely because Syria was organic and there was no professional opposition to funnel money and guns to, that the US passed on the opportunity in 2011 (Hitlery now says that this was Barry's choice and obviously a mistake, but what difference does it make...)

As to the Great Game, of course they're a bunch of sanctimonious vampires, why else would morality only be utilized as a justification for a course of action that has already been deemed desirable, and why morality itself is never a motivation for those who have annual box seats to the Great Game. But it's really unbecoming when NATO members complain or threaten escalation when their own tactics are employed by others.

mpadpy's picture

Nothing there about the money and weapons provided by Qatar? And Ghadafi's plan to create an African gold dinar to be used as currency to trade in the African block?? Not matter what, Ghadafi like Saddam and Assad all wanted what was best for their own citizens! A lot more than what someone like drone boy want for Americans! And in fact those countries were a hell of a lot better than places like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait etc bastions of democracy where the ruling families store their wealth in park avenue and US weapons..

shovelhead's picture

The sticky wicket in this case is Ukraine is not a NATO member so NATO has no business interfering legally or morally but that's where this foggy legal fiction of "Right to Protect" comes into play.

It's a sort of American Express card to bomb the shit out of anyone we don't like.

Obama's "Fuck you. Don't like it? Sue me."

Works like a charm.

Urban Roman's picture

Works until it doesn't work.

Sue? Well, Mr. Putin, in due time, may do just that.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

I feel a Putin photo opp coming up.

Get ready for a bare chested Putin loading medical wares onto trucks.

Que up the Putin Man Crush team!!!!

25or6to4's picture

Since when did NATO stand for North African Treaty Organization ? Where in their charter gives them the right to interfere in internal affairs ?

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Also, as i learned from my dear Uncle Sam, never trust a humanitarian mission.

bigdumbnugly's picture

so true.


the most devious of disguises...

Urban Redneck's picture

But the Russians don't need to disguise anything here. Humanitarian relief is generally used for smuggling small arms, ammunition, and communication equipment (in addition to such dual use items as food, water and medicine).

Because of geographical proximity there are countless cars crossing the border every day with these materials already loaded in their trunks, regardless of whether they are driven by rebellious youngsters or little green men.

No one would use an official border crossing for smuggling BUK batteries or tanks into Ukraine when there are such appealing alternatives and the risk/reward is so skewed against doing so.

Ghordius's picture

in this case, the Kremlin seems has found a new use for humanitarian relief. propaganda, and a FU to all multilateralism

Urban Redneck's picture

Have you ever seen USAID "gifts" being delivered, and the gaggle of Joesph Goebbels' finest that accompany the local US Ambassador to such an event... when is humanitarian relief (regardless of whether it's unilateral or multilateral) not also used for propaganda purposes?

Ghordius's picture

I fully agree, and I'd go as far as even admitting that a lot of aid is corruptive and manipulative. but not all of it

Utah_Get_Me_2's picture

The stated goal of USAID aka CIA:

"USAID’s efforts directly enhance American—and global—security and prosperity. The United States is safer and stronger when fewer people face destitution, when our trading partners are flourishing, when nations around the world can withstand crisis, and when societies are freer, more democratic, and more inclusive, protecting the basic rights and human dignity of all citizens. By focusing on these two goals, together, we position ourselves to meet the challenges of today while mitigating the risks of tomorrow."

If that's not the biggest crock of shit you've ever heard, I don't know what is. Maybe this..

"Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven't been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy. All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you've already racked up, Congress. It's a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved."


shovelhead's picture

I guess Putin didn't want to wait 6 months for Euros to decide how many pickles to send.

SoDamnMad's picture

This was part of what was released 8-11-2014 by the ICRC in Geneva

Today the ICRC met with the Ukrainian and the Russian authorities and shared a document which specifies the manner in which such an operation could take place. This includes the agreement by all sides that the ICRC will be allowed to deliver the aid with due respect for its fundamental working principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence.

The document also stipulates, among other matters, that prior to beginning of the operation, the ICRC should receive without undue delay from the authorities of the Russian Federation all necessary details concerning the aid, including the volume and type of items, and requirements for transport and storage. All parties must also guarantee the security of ICRC staff and vehicles, for the entire duration of the operation, in view of the fact that the organization does not accept armed escorts.

Paint was dry and the guys in the tan shirts and shorts were already pulling out.