Kiev, West slam Russian aid convoy to east Ukraine

A local resident holds a Russian national flag as lorries, part of a Russian 'humanitarian convoy', cross the Ukrainian border at the Izvarino customs control checkpoint, on August 22, 2014The West rebuked Russia for sending scores of trucks from a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine’s rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an “invasion.” The European Union and the United States demanded that Russia immediately withdraw the convoy, amid fears the cargo could shore up pro-Moscow rebels fighting Kiev’s forces. Washington warned Russia it could face further sanctions, while the UN Security Council expressed concern the move could lead to an escalation in the four-month conflict.

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