August 12: The Red Cross expresses surprise and concern about the Russian humanitarian convoy headed to eastern Ukraine

Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!

War, not the expected peace arrived at the doorstep of Great Britain and France when they gave up Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938. War is happening right here at home and not in faraway Europe – the United States were harshly reminded about this at Pearl Harbor in 1942. War descended on Ukraine and thus is now much closer to Paris and Berlin, because Europe and the US haven’t supported Georgia in 2008. War showed up in the homes of Dutch, British, French, German, Australian families because Europe and the US weren’t courageous enough to lend a helping hand to Ukraine in 2014. It is impossible to run away from war and overwhelming aggression, it is impossible to buy yourself off. The war will catch up with you if you don’t stand up to it with utmost determination.

August 12 – Russian humanitarian assistance convoy destined for the residents of East Ukraine has left Moscow oblast and while this activity wasn’t coordinated with the Red Cross, the convoy is travelling under the guise of the Red Cross. The convoy consists of about 280 trucks. Russians would like to cross over to Ukraine in their trucks. None of these trucks have been certified and has no permission to enter the territory of Ukraine, – said a spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council Andriy Lysenko. He demonstrated a video, in which Russian military equipment is being repainted white. Machinery being prepared by Russian military is machinery belonging to law enforcement agencies. Under international law, no law enforcement agencies have a right to accompany humanitarian convoys.

August 12 – Russia has violated the agreement with the Red Cross and has sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine without providing a preliminary list of what is in the trucks, – said the representative of the Red Cross International Committee Andre Loersch. According to him, a telephone conversation of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and the President of the Red Cross will take place on Tuesday – they will try to figure out “what is generally happening”.

August 12 – “We do not even consider any travel of Russian convoys within Ukraine’s territory”, – said Deputy Chief of Presidential Administration Valeriy Chalyi. “Of the convoy is in the transit it will have to go through customs clearance. Red Cross is responsible for humanitarian aid and it will transport the aid within Ukraine.”

August 12 – Under the guise of a humanitarian mission, Russia may keep its people in Donbas, – said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Full interview with Andre Loersch, ICRC spokesperson. The Red Cross expresses surprise and concern about the Russian humanitarian convoy headed to eastern Ukraine. Haven’t we heard this before?

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Taras Voznyak

Culture expert, political scientist, editor-in-chief and founder of Independent Cultural Journal "Ї", Co-founder and Head of the Board of Directors of Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), Member of the Board of Directors of International Renaissance Foundation, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Center of International PEN-Club
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