Further delays in the delivery of Russian aid to eastern Ukraine, which is facing a humanitarian disaster, would have been unacceptable, President Vladimir Putin has said in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Russia’s Red Cross is ready to take part in the aid mission in eastern Ukraine, where the humanitarian situation is “critical”, and to escort the Russian aid convoy that is on its way to Lugansk without ICRC accompanying it due to security concerns.
Moscow has accused Kiev of placing political interests above humanism, adding that it is confident it made the right decision to order a convoy with Russian humanitarian aid to proceed to the conflict zone without waiting for further Ukrainian permission.
Kiev’s propaganda war over eastern Ukraine leaves no real motive to let the Russian humanitarian aid in, former US-Russia presidential commission adviser told RT. Similarly, US government and media are failing in their coverage of the humanitarian crisis.
Ukrainian army shelling has forever changed the life of a teenage girl near Donetsk. She is now lying in hospital with a shattered arm and shrapnel wounds. The teen saw several people, including children, being killed by falling bombs on the riverbank.
Banners flew high in Moscow, as an attempt to put a Ukrainian flag on a landmark skyscraper and paint its spire in yellow-blue colors, faced a counter move by a group of daredevils, who decorated another high-rise building with a Russian flag.
Heavy shelling of eastern Ukraine by the country's military continues, with people in despair and badly in need of water and electricity, hiding out in basements. Constant bombardment is laying waste to entire cities.