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Russia Explains Why It Rushed Entry Of Humanitarian Convoy

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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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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:31 | 5129839 Frostfan1
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I know I can count on ZeroHedge for the KGB oops Russian viewpoint.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:33 | 5129847 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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I know I can count on company assets to be here to push Langley's viewpoint.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:34 | 5129853 Newsboy
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"Won't get played for no FOOL"


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:36 | 5129870 Beam Me Up Scotty
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As long as they aren't coming in with the Trojan Rabbit, everything should be OK.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:45 | 5129905 Manthong
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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).

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:19 | 5130036 whotookmyalias
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Q: Why did the Russian cross the red line?

A: Because he knew the only recaction would be verbal

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:29 | 5130075 Patriot Eke
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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.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:53 | 5130187 The Blank Stare
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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.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:18 | 5130319 Manthong
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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. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:33 | 5130423 The Blank Stare
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Hey you sub-human...it was my idea first!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:55 | 5130915 Manthong
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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.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:45 | 5133524 The Blank Stare
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I hope you got the "sub-human" reference. That's what the Ukies call the Russian speakers. Not you. lol

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:42 | 5131185 PeterSchump
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Good to know the spirit of Walter Duranty is alive and well here.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:54 | 5130076 RaceToTheBottom
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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...


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:03 | 5130254 Bastiat
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Right, he delivers food and blankets: Kiev delivers, express,  steel and high explosives.  Life, good; death, bad.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 14:10 | 5134549 The Blank Stare
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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:46 | 5129907 bobnoxy
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It is interesting though that so many seem to favor Russia's position on this and not America's. Anyone alive during the '60's and '70's must be in a mild shock at seeing this shift in perceptions. Up with Vlad, down with Obie. Interesting. I've traipsed along that road myself.

It's not like we or they are doing anything differently.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:03 | 5129968 matrix2012
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bob, are you confusing the BOLSHEVIK state with the today's RUSSIA :-)

btw those Bolshevik followers already relocated to the both sides of Atlantic.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:04 | 5129983 bobnoxy
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No, they were Commies by then.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:32 | 5130097 dontgoforit
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That was BO - before obama.  We'd rather just play and not pay attention to anything serious now. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:05 | 5130265 Bastiat
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Even CFR admits we stirred up this crap in Ukraine -- pure aggression.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:39 | 5130461 SofaPapa
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One of the few things the CFR has said right recently.

I'd like to suggest some simple arithmetic as a way of examining credibility.

Take the number of countries where Russia has explicitly sent troops in the past ten years, and multiply each of those countries by the distance from Moscow (the capital of Russia).

Do the same calculation for the US.

Which ever country comes out with a number that is insanely higher than the other country is full of BS.

It seems like simple math to me.  I just don't get how anyone listens to the MSM storyline anymore...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:38 | 5130123 Anarchy 99
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and the S.E. Med.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:10 | 5130001 MrPalladium
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I was a young man in the 1970s and I am not surprised at all. I share that shift in perceptions since the country I volunteered to defend in 1969 is now clearly bent upon world conquest, a goal that does not benefit U.S. citizens. Our government has turned into a murderous monster toppling governments and installing puppet regimes after considerable bloodshed and then loading up the puppet regimes with debt. Our massive defense budget could be cut in half and still leave the continental U.S. with ample defensive military capability.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:52 | 5130182 loonyleft
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+1 for a true american coservative. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:35 | 5130413 gallistic
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News flash for Mr. Palladium-

The U.S. was not being invaded in 1969, and you were not "defending the country" in '69.

Better to get the memo late than never I suppose...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:46 | 5130856 Mute Button
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His point stands. Soviet aggression was a real thing. We didn't see the USSA aggression lurking under its shadow due to Soviet brashness.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:09 | 5130982 MrPalladium
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"you were not "defending the country" in '69."

You will notice that I did not claim to have actually defended my country. I said that I volunteered to defend my country, and spent considerable time in training to do so.  Of course, my tour of duty had a great deal more to do with making sure that Germany remained an occupied country and only very indirectly and tangentially had something to do with to with defending the U.S.. The poster above is right though. The USSR invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, and was perceived as a threat as was Communist China and its proxy, North Viet Nam. Back in 1969 the fear of "dominos" falling was credible.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:08 | 5133954 gallistic
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Fair enough- unfortunately, you were defending the ideological positions of the day against the "red menace" and "falling dominoes". Funny how those "dragons abroad to slay" vanished and do not even exist today. At the time they seemed terrifyingly real.

Nowadays we have new and improved dragons to slay.

"Perception shift" indeed!



Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:51 | 5130183 Stormtrooper
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WE are being "led" by an illegal alien who is committing high treason against citizens of the US.  It is embarrassing to even consider supporting that team when I can clearly see that the Fed government has created another humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and is trying to pin it on Russia.  But, yeah, it's not like the Feds have been doing anything differently than they have been doing for the last 100 years.

Time for Convention of States to reign in, or eliminate Washington, D.C.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:41 | 5130401 Bioscale
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Looks like after the WWII fascism imploded into the US deep state and it's being revived in Europe again. The public of USA has no clue what is happing in Europe and ME now, and they are not going to get it unless they experience the devil war on its soil. It's really sad how  marginalized got Ron Paul, the most reliable source of quality information about the real thing. US attacked country after country abroad. The three letter agencies prepared the environment by big bribes, propaganda and power. And went.

Such enemy can't be defeated on foreign soil, you need to track it back to its home. US folks should be aware of the consequences.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:27 | 5130393 gallistic
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Bobnoxy is using a false equivalency and he knows it.

"It's not like we or they are doing anything differently"

What rot!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:35 | 5129861 90's Child
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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.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:53 | 5129934 Dr. Engali
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File this under You Can't Make This Shit Up:

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



Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:32 | 5130093 RaceToTheBottom
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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.....

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:35 | 5129855 Dungholio
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I know where your cat lives.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:09 | 5130000 forwardho
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Are you threatening his pussy?

For shame Sir.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:35 | 5129864 OldPhart
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Wouldn't it be something if WWIII was started by the Red Cross?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:29 | 5130069 NotApplicable
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Well, it worked a hundred years ago for the Bolsheviks.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:34 | 5130104 CheapBastard
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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.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:56 | 5130205 loonyleft
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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

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:35 | 5130110 dontgoforit
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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:37 | 5129871 Kirk2NCC1701
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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.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:42 | 5129893 Frostfan1
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Looks like I touched a raw nerve.


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:44 | 5129901 Dungholio
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Why yes, yes you did.  Ignorant sheeple annoy us.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:46 | 5129903 BadDog
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no shit sherlock

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:04 | 5129977 Yen Cross
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  Aannnd he's gone>

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:52 | 5132860 TheFourthStooge-ing
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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.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:38 | 5130127 dontgoforit
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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.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:53 | 5131244 Mute Button
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I'm skeptical whether you can see a nerve to strike.

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