Russia Explains Why It Rushed Entry Of Humanitarian Convoy

Tyler Durden's picture

In a nearly carbon-copy replica of last Friday when tensions escalated then de-escalated on rumors that Ukraine had attacked a Russian military convoy, today's Yellen speech has been completely upstaged by ongoing developments out of Ukraine, where Kiev condemned the entry of Russian humanitarian convoy trucks (subsequently adding it no longer knows where they are), following Russia's announcement it could wait no longer to provide aid to the citizens of the Donetsk People's Republic. And while NATO promptly echoed Ukraine' position once again as it did last Friday, now it is Russia's turn to explain why it rushed to enter the country, seemingly without express preapproval by the Ukraine government.

As Reuters reports, "Moscow is not in breach of international law over its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine, a senior Russian diplomat said on Friday."

"We are acting in full accordance with international humanitarian law norms," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement. "We cannot accept and will not accept the disastrous situation in which people living in the south-east of Ukraine have found themselves."

 

Ukraine said on Friday the entry of Russian aid trucks onto its territory was a "flagrant violation" of international law and it appealed to the international community to condemn Russia's actions as illegal and aggressive

Putin also chimed in, expressing concern over the Ukraine military escalation, an escalation which Ukraine and NATO have roundly accused him of creating.

Finally, for those who missed it earlier, here again is the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement on the convoy, google translated:

The situation with endless artificial puffs address the issue of early delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to areas of the South-East of Ukraine has become intolerable.

 

Motorcade with many hundreds of tons of urgently needed for these regions of humanitarian aid for a week idle on the Russian-Ukrainian border. During this time, the Russian side in all spheres and at all levels have been made unprecedented efforts to settle the formalities. We went to meet all conceivable requirements of the Ukrainian side, given to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), exhaustive lists sent to Lugansk food, water, medicines, essentials, power generators, which require such children, women, the elderly, experiencing daily the horrors of shelling and air raids, which resulted in multiplying the number of killed and wounded, the whole system collapses livelihoods. We went over and over again with respect to the wishes of checking and rechecking the route of delivery, the completion of the procedures for its transmission, with the ICRC signed the necessary documents. Provided all the necessary security guarantees to ensure the provision of such guarantees and by militias - and not only for the Russian columns, but also for humanitarian convoys, directed in Lugansk Kiev authorities.

 

Meanwhile Kiev for several days set aside formally required to consent to the ICRC, inventing all new pretexts and parallel to increasing attacks on Lugansk and Donetsk with aviation, heavy armor against residential areas and other civilian targets. In recent days, frequent strikes by ballistic missiles, including the deadly "Tochka-U".

 

It seemed that the situation was resolved on August 21, when the Ukrainian government and, finally, the ICRC reported their readiness to proceed to the design of humanitarian supplies for immediate shipment to Lugansk. Consent of the Ukrainian side at the beginning of the movement of the column has been officially confirmed, without any reservations, in a telephone conversation foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine. August 20 began the customs and border procedures at the checkpoint "Donetsk". However, on 21 August, the process was stopped referring to the sharply intensified shelling of Lugansk. In other words, the Ukrainian authorities themselves bombed destination assistance and for this reason they themselves prohibit its delivery.

 

Apparently, in Kiev, set out to provide full force "cleansing" of Luhansk and Donetsk for the upcoming Independence Day on 24 August. Strengthens the impression that the current Ukrainian leaders deliberately delaying the delivery of humanitarian aid, in order to achieve a situation where there is no one at all will help to provide. May settle on something to come up with the result to the scheduled August 26 meeting in Minsk.

 

It is outrageous blatant manipulation of external international experts involved in the preparation of this operation. Endless succession of contradictory, mutually exclusive signals that arrive at our address - a sure sign of "secret games" for the purposes that have nothing to do with solving a specific humanitarian task. Those who "holds the reins," making it difficult to save lives, alleviate the suffering of the wounded and sick, neglected the basics of the human community. Introduces us to the UN Security Council deals with an appeal for urgent humanitarian truce announcement consistently blocked by the very people who claim to preach universal values??. The last time this happened on August 21 when the United States and other Western members of the UN Security Council refused to accept the statement in support of a truce for the period of delivery of humanitarian assistance in Lugansk Russian and Ukrainian columns.

 

Reiterate all the necessary security guarantees passage of humanitarian convoys are given. In the presence of such guarantees, the ICRC has been officially recognized. Delivery routes known and verified mission of the ICRC. Documents are drawn. Loads have long been ready for inspection by Ukrainian border guards and customs officers, for a week at a checkpoint located "Donetsk" in the Rostov region. Know about it, and in those capitals where tirelessly demonstrate "increased concern" about the situation in the Ukrainian southeast. Nomination of new artificial claims and excuses has become humiliating.

 

Continue to tolerate such lawlessness, outright lies and inability of the impossible. All excuses for pulling the delivery of aid to people in the area of ??humanitarian catastrophe exhausted. The Russian side decided to act. Our convoy with humanitarian aid begins to move in the direction of Lugansk. Of course, ready for its support of the ICRC, and to their participation in the distribution of aid. We hope that this action will be able to take part and representatives of the Russian Red Cross.

 

Caution against any attempts to disrupt the purely humanitarian mission, which was prepared long ago, in an atmosphere of complete transparency and in cooperation with the Ukrainian side and the ICRC. Responsibility for the consequences of provocation against the humanitarian convoy entirely fall on those who are willing to continue to bring people's lives as a sacrifice to their ambitions and geopolitical designs, in flagrant violation of the rules and principles of international humanitarian law.

 

Again call on the Ukrainian leadership and influence him the United States and the European Union to urgently transfer the situation in the South-East of Ukraine into the intercom channel, start the agreements set forth in the Geneva declaration of Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union on April 17, 2014 to terminate the use of force, facilitating humanitarian situation and the immediate beginning of a national dialogue involving all regions of Ukraine.

That said, at this point the potential for further escalation appears limited as the catalyst that many were waiting for now has been triggered and the next major headline event will be if and when there are reports that one or more trucks of the Russian convoy have been attacked or destroyed.

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Frostfan1's picture

I know I can count on ZeroHedge for the KGB oops Russian viewpoint.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I know I can count on company assets to be here to push Langley's viewpoint.

Newsboy's picture

"Won't get played for no FOOL"

V.Putin

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

As long as they aren't coming in with the Trojan Rabbit, everything should be OK.

Manthong's picture

You gotta  hand it to Putin.

Looks to me like he’s having more fun exposing the western bozos; everyone from the US, to NATO, to the markets for the clowns they really are, than lobbing missiles at them.

London real estate, European farmers, Western businesses from tech to agri,..

just wait until the “market” rediscovers gold and platinum..

and then there is this little issue of winter, which purports to bring record cold (in more ways than one).

whotookmyalias's picture

Q: Why did the Russian cross the red line?

A: Because he knew the only recaction would be verbal

Patriot Eke's picture

I applaud him for finally sending in humanitarian assistance.  The region is without question in desperate need of it.  Hey, I know what to do.  Kiev can call its military back, leave the people in Eastern Ukraine alone, and then this whole mess would end.  That won't happen though, and we all know it.

The Blank Stare's picture

Nice job Putin!  

 

Next time, put some Burger King signs on the trucks. Just to rub the salt a little more and make a few bucks.

Manthong's picture

Aw geez, what a great waste of a marketing opportunity..

all that white space and no ads.

He shoulda at least gone to Chevron, Monsanto and Cargill and given them first dibs on the ad space.  

Those trucks have been seen by every set of eyeballs on the planet..

probabably even those newly discovered tribesman throwing spears at the helicopters. 

The Blank Stare's picture

Hey you sub-human...it was my idea first!

Manthong's picture

Um.. yes it was.. I replied to your good idea.. but the companies who are sponsoring the destruction of Ukraine (Chevron, Monsanto, Cargill and probably Goldman Sachs) deserve the opportunity first.. followed by MacDonalds.

The Blank Stare's picture

I hope you got the "sub-human" reference. That's what the Ukies call the Russian speakers. Not you. lol

PeterSchump's picture

Good to know the spirit of Walter Duranty is alive and well here.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

I think that Putin is playing a longer game.

There will be nothing underhanded here at this point in the game.  He is setting the point that he cares more about the Ukraine citizens than their own country does.  

He will wait until he gets that victory in the court of international opinion before he moves on to the rest of the game...

 

Bastiat's picture

Right, he delivers food and blankets: Kiev delivers, express,  steel and high explosives.  Life, good; death, bad.

90's Child's picture

Does america explain to the international committee about their bombings and 'aid' and wait for the ok?

No so why should Russia be expected too.

Dr. Engali's picture

File this under You Can't Make This Shit Up:

US and UK should back Assad to defeat ISIS - senior UK MP

 

http://rt.com/uk/182108-uk-assad-alliance-isis/

RaceToTheBottom's picture

It really pains me to see this and know that NO Newsperson will even try and hit this softball presented to them to hit out of the park.....

Dungholio's picture

I know where your cat lives.

forwardho's picture

Are you threatening his pussy?

For shame Sir.

OldPhart's picture

Wouldn't it be something if WWIII was started by the Red Cross?

NotApplicable's picture

Well, it worked a hundred years ago for the Bolsheviks.

CheapBastard's picture

The International Red Cross spokesperson said on the radio they inspected these trucks carefully for weapons, etc and found none so the Red Cross gave the ok to proceed. I got the impression some RC workers would be accompanying the trucks across.

loonyleft's picture

They were not able to get a guarantee of safety of passage. In other words, Kiev is using a favourite from the IDF playbook:

If I shell and rocket attack in your direction and  you get hit.....it's your fault

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Hey, JackFrostfan1, it is said that "Every story has 3 sides:  your side, my side, and the Truth"

We at ZH are simply sick & tired of the BS, deceit, lies and propaganda that's spewing out of NY, DC and its Big 6 MSM networks, that control ~90% of all media.  If it appears "one-sided", it is to act as a Counter-Balance to the other far bigger One-Sided stories and fairy tales for adults - which you seem happy to listen to.

Frostfan1's picture

Looks like I touched a raw nerve.

 

Dungholio's picture

Why yes, yes you did.  Ignorant sheeple annoy us.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Yen Cross said:

Aannnd he's gone>

That's the second time he's been given the boot. The first time was about a year ago, and he was posting under the frostfan moniker. My memory is a little hazy regarding the details (and frankly, he's not worth the time to research), but he was a foaming at the mouth Israel-firster. My recollection is that something set him off and he let loose with a shamefully absurd rant, something along the lines that ZH was like stormfront.

A month or two later, he reappeared as Frostfan1 and, given his previous spittle-flecked invective against ZH, I was surprised that he'd been given another account. After clicking on his name, I learned that his Frostfan1 account had been created a couple of years earlier, probably as a backup in case his frostfan account got shitcanned.

Like a dog returning to its vomit, he'll eventually be back under another name.

dontgoforit's picture

If we thought for a second that real journalism still existed in the world, we'd be eating it up - people are hungry for the truth.  However, many now do not trust the press.  We see them as lap dogs for the liberal-leaning, progressive, communist slanted dipshits and quite frankly we don't like it.  Don't like it at all.  So yeah, you could call that a raw nerve.

Mute Button's picture

I'm skeptical whether you can see a nerve to strike.

Phuk u's picture

Tiberius

Just acting as a counter-balance to fairy tales does not make it right or true,

all media is slanted but you can still read between the lines.

Dr. Engali's picture

I see, you prefer the CIA er..... I mean the U.S.A viewpoint. There can't possibly be any agenda there.

MeBizarro's picture

Equally ridiculous point though is the incredibly pro-Russian standpoint on here especially the ridiculous admiration for Putin.  Putin at a minimum is going to carve out 'security zones' in eastern Ukraine and look to put a gov't in place that is much more pro-Russian.  Basically is duplicating what happened in Georgia with the only exception being that he didn't need to sucker the Georgian leadership into foolishly 'invading' Russian-held territory. 

There isn't a 'good side/bad side' in this story.  Just two powers using Ukraine and their people as the battleground.   Really nothing new either and something that has been going for a long, long time.  The losers as usual are the Ukrainian people just as the Vietnamese, Cambodian, and a host of other African and Central American countries were in recent decades. 

Dr. Engali's picture

Don't mistake disgust with the constant lies coming from the war mongers in the west with admiration of Putin. Make no mistake he is a statist who will do what best preserves his seat of power just like our statists here.FYI the western war machine is in full instill fear mode, just in case you weren't paying attention.

MeBizarro's picture

Could have fooled with the posts on ZH the past few months. 

dontgoforit's picture

It's not Putin-worship.  It's just that we see the same crap from this side of the matter.  And another thing, obama is such a lying persona, it is hard not to see Putin as possibly less of a liar.

MrPalladium's picture

"The losers as usual are the Ukrainian people"

Of course, and they are the victims of the the coup organized and financed by the U.S. against the legitimately elected Ukrainian government. It looks like this adventure in provocation by the U.S. will backfire, and it shows us that we have delusional incompetents running foreign policy. None of us here at ZH have any particular love for Putin or Russia, but we recognize that Russia and the nations bordering Russia should manage their own affairs without our interference. Indeed, the increasing quantity of trade between Russia and the rest of the Eurasian continent tells us that the Russian regime recognizes that it must continue to deliver tangible economic benefits to its citizens in order to maintain its legitimacy.  We should let them continue on that civilizing course which we have now disrupted out of irrational motives and calculations by our deluded government. All that a U.S. supported puppet government in Moscow would offer is debt slavery to the Russian people.

Optimusprime's picture

That's "Hear, hear!"  As in pay attention.

MeBizarro's picture

Trade have been overwhelmingly in raw goods from Russian benefitting a sliver of the popluation.  Putin has been willing to write off large portions of the country and the Russian citiznes who live there.  Kind of what I think is going to increasingly happen in the US too and it has been on a much lesser scale if you look at trends in rural America and in large portions of the Midwest.   

In an ideal world, Russian would base it upon economics and trade but that isn't what Putin has done either solely.  Understand why the Russians have reacted in the way they have especially given the US foreign policy in both the Central Asian republics, Caucacus, and increaisngly in eastern Ukraine.

TeaParterade's picture

This is disgusting and embarrassing to write a post and comment like this

We should have let Hitler manage his own affairs without our interference while he massacred 6 MIL ppl, and let Bashar al assad gas his own people with chemical weapons. Pol pot? Have at it buddy! Even ISIS is an example of what happens when you let extremism or those with a deluded and extremely strong force of ideas have free reign for too long. The beheading of a journalist (which i'm sure everyone at ZH somewhat considers themselves) should be a chilling reminder to what would happen in a more ‘free’ society that ZH seems to write so wistfully for. A true libertarian believes that everyone should be left alone to do their own thing but already we are seeing the disasterous consequences of that in Syria as the unrest has spilled over into Iraq and elsewhere.

Having lived in Russia and just recently moved out of Moscow, your last comment is absolutely terrifying. You have NO idea. You have no idea of the crackdown that has happened in Russia on those with dissenting views in the last six months, how those with extremist ultra nationalist (and non pro-economic) views are given center stage in prime time TV, how the Russian propaganda machine is trying to brainwash a population even more effectively than hitler did. The youth are terrified and in fact hoping that the west pushes back on Putin because people worry if he gets away with this and cracks down on the populous, why should he need to care about the economic benefits you seem to think he recognizes he needs? he HATES relying on economic growth to keep the populus satisified. He would love to not have to worry about it, and by using this "western consiporacy" to justify a rebuilding of an old Russian empire he will have the popular support he needs to not have to worry about GDP growth per capita.

I challenge ZH to try to post the kind of things it posts while sitting in Russia, in an Russian incorporated business, with the "wests" side of the story and see how long it lasts.  Western democracies are so wrong in so many ways but  if it weren’t for western democracies and an attempt at a fres press and the guardian of certain rights, you wouldn't have a job.

 I challenge the individual who wrote this post to visit Moscow for six weeks and then come back, if this person even has a passport. Disgusting and ignorant.

Theta_Burn's picture

Challenging conquest is one thing, aiding and abetting...oh never mind

TeaParterade's picture

This is disgusting and embarrassing to write a post and comment like this

We should have let Hitler manage his own affairs without our interference while he massacred 6 MIL ppl, and let Bashar al assad gas his own people with chemical weapons. Pol pot? Have at it buddy! Even ISIS is an example of what happens when you let extremism or those with a deluded and extremely strong force of ideas have free reign for too long. The beheading of a journalist (which i'm sure everyone at ZH somewhat considers themselves) should be a chilling reminder to what would happen in a more ‘free’ society that ZH seems to write so wistfully for. A true libertarian believes that everyone should be left alone to do their own thing but already we are seeing the disasterous consequences of that in Syria as the unrest has spilled over into Iraq and elsewhere.

Having lived in Russia and just recently moved out of Moscow, your last comment is absolutely terrifying. You have NO idea. You have no idea of the crackdown that has happened in Russia on those with dissenting views in the last six months, how those with extremist ultra nationalist (and non pro-economic) views are given center stage in prime time TV, how the Russian propaganda machine is trying to brainwash a population even more effectively than hitler did. The youth are terrified and in fact hoping that the west pushes back on Putin because people worry if he gets away with this and cracks down on the populous, why should he need to care about the economic benefits you seem to think he recognizes he needs? he HATES relying on economic growth to keep the populus satisified. He would love to not have to worry about it, and by using this "western consiporacy" to justify a rebuilding of an old Russian empire he will have the popular support he needs to not have to worry about GDP growth per capita.

I challenge ZH to try to post the kind of things it posts while sitting in Russia, in an Russian incorporated business, with the "wests" side of the story and see how long it lasts.  Western democracies are so wrong in so many ways but  if it weren’t for western democracies and an attempt at a fres press and the guardian of certain rights, you wouldn't have a job.

 I challenge the individual who wrote this post to visit Moscow for six weeks and then come back, if this person even has a passport. Disgusting and ignorant.

MrPalladium's picture

From Wikipedia - "Russian economy is the sixth largest in the world by PPP.[3] Between 2000 and 2012, Russia's energy exports fuelled a rapid growth in living standards, with real disposable income rising by 160%.[28] In dollar-denominated terms this amounted to more than sevenfold increase in disposable incomes since 2000.

It is the very economic growth over the past 14 years that has alarmed the U.S.. Under Putin and Medvedev, Russia has gained sufficent economic power to block the U.S. Neocon agenda in Russia and Asia. Indeed energy exports have provided the resources to import, for example, the many thousands of tons of fruits and vegetables from around the world which the government has temporarily boycotted. Arguing that a few hundred oligarchs could consume all those thousands of tons of imported fruits and vegetables is absurd. These imports benefit the average person as has the economic growth and increasing trade over the past 14 years.

There is no doubt that the economic growth has benefitted a wide swath of Russian society, even if poverty has not yet been entirely eliminated.

You sound like an employee of one of the 3000 or so NGO's that is trying to subvert the government of Russia. It is no wonder the Russian government suppresses your speech. Your goal is the overthrow of that government just like your comrades did in Ukraine. Given your hostilie intentions involving revolution and coup, if I were in Putin's place, I would do much more than just throttle your speech. I would deport all of you immediately. It is not the government you are after but the enslavement of the Russian people to western debt and to reduce them to the status of peasants in the pale of the settlement 150 years ago, a vision of powerlessness that provides a great deal of psychic comfort to our ruling elites here in the U.S. with ancestral roots in that region of the world.

Theta_Burn's picture

Slightly more ridiculous, is the fact that prior to a western backed coup in the Ukraine, nobody was worried about Russia, or had any problem doing buisness with them.

It's not 2 powers in a struggle here, it's 1 power fucked with the wrong power. I really hope Russia carves out security zones...i would, serves the criminal bastards right.

There is something happening new here, desperation by a bunch of bankrupt nation fools fucking with the wrong guy...

Winston Churchill's picture

Desperation is right, reckless desperation to be more exact .

Its not going to end well.