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  • A National Security and Defense Council map of the situation in Ukraine's embattled eastern regions on Aug. 16 showed a sliver of territory between Shakhtarsk and Torez to be controlled by government forces. However, a journey by a Kyiv Post journalist down the highway between the cities proved that Russian-backed rebels still controlled much of the area Kyiv reported to have reclaimed, including a vital highway.

    Ukraine said on 17 August 2014 that its forces regained control of a police station in Luhansk, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine's efforts to push back pro-Moscow separatists who controlled the city for months. Kiyv said its forces raised the national flag over the station, and claimed that the rebels were fighting a desperate rearguard action to hold on to Luhansk, which is their supply route into neighboring Russia. Meanwhile, a column of armored vehicles led by pro-Russia rebels was reportedly spotted near the Russian border. Heading west, deeper into rebel held territory, it was said to include a mobile surface-to-air missile system. Earlier, pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian Mig-29 fighter jet.

    A Ukrainian SU-25 single-seat fighter jet was shot down 20 August 2014 in the rebel-held Luhansk region. The identity of the shooters and the fate of the pilot were initially unknown.

    Chinese and Indian meat is to replace banned pork and beef exports from the West, which will not succeed in reclaiming its position on the Russian market if the embargo is lifted, Russia’s relevant authority said 20 August 2014. “For example, Russia’s Far East used to be heavily reliant on meat supplies from the United States and Canada. Now that [we are] actively cooperating with China’s veterinary authorities on … pork supplies from certain highly-integrated Chinese enterprises, the US and Canadian suppliers will not be able to come back,” Sergei Dankvert, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), said.

    Ukrainian border guards began on August 21, 2014 to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that had been stranded at the border between the two former Soviet republics for nearly a week. Ukraine's border guard service said that its troops had begun checking the first vehicles in the more than 200-truck convoy as they finally begin the process of entering Ukraine.

    Terrorists shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in Luhansk region that carried out a combat operation. Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) information and analytical center spokesman Andriy Lysenko said this at a briefing on 22 August 2014. "On August 20, near the village of Heorhiyivka, Lutuhyne district, Luhansk region, terrorists shot down a Mi-24 helicopter that fulfilled a combat task. The crewmembers were killed," he said.

    The first trucks in a Russian convoy reportedly carrying humanitarian aid crossed into Ukraine and arrived in the besieged city of Luhansk Friday 22 August 2014, in a sharply provocative move that Kyiv had warned would be tantamount to an invasion. The chief of Ukraine’s lead security agency, Valentyn Nalivaychenko, alleged that the convoy was actually made up of military vehicles driven by members of the Russian military, using fake documents, and that the drivers were trained to operate military vehicles, tanks and artillery. Russia's Foreign Ministry said that all excuses for the convoys' delay had been exhausted. The Red Cross said it was not escorting the convoy because it had not received security guarantees.

    All 280 KamAZ trucks carrying Russian "humanitarian aid" crossed the Ukrainian-Russian border at the Izvaryne checkpoint, the Rossiya 24 television channel reported. According to the report, the trucks are moving in the direction of Luhansk. According to the Russian southern customs department, "all vehicles of the Russian convoy with humanitarian cargo have already passed all the necessary customs and border procedures and crossed the border." The report said that not a single white KamAZ was seen near the Russian Donetsk checkpoint.

    Defense Department officials expressed concern about the Russian convoy crossing into Ukraine, and urged Russian officials to turn the convoy around. “We strongly condemn this action and any actions that Russian forces take that increase tensions in the region,” Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. “Russia should not send vehicles, persons or cargo of any kind into Ukraine, whether under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext, without Kyiv’s express permission,” the admiral said. Kirby called the convoy a violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Russia must recall its vehicles and personnel, he said. “Failure to do so will result in additional costs and isolation,” the admiral said.

    Spreading the conspicuously large white aid trucks throughout the embattled city would effectively impose a cease-fire, essentially daring the Ukrainians to fire at vehicles that hade been sent to provide humanitarian assistance. The Economist noted the trucks "... are unlikely to leave, becoming a beachhead for a long-term Russian presence that turns the war into a frozen conflict, which would suit Mr Putin fine. For Mr Putin, Ukraine needs to stay fractured and destabilised: just how this happens is less important."

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry warned that separatists are shelling a possible route that a Russian humanitarian convoy could take to Luhansk. "Attempts to establish contact between the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Russia, which is critical to ensure security for the convoy’s route, have failed, despite all attempts from the Ukrainian. Please note that terrorists are shelling the convoy’s possible route with mortars," the statement from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

    Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt wrote on 22 August 2014 "Looks like “aid convoy” now breaking into Ukraine following units of 76th Airborne Division. Full scale attempt to secure key areas." He also wrote that armored personnel carriers from the Pskov-based 76th Airborne Division were seen in eastern Ukraine. Nothing more was heard of this.

    NATO, meanwhile, warned that Russian artillery was being used against Ukrainian troops, from across the border and from within Ukraine and large numbers of tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery were being shipped to rebels in eastern Ukraine.

    The large convoy of Russian trucks that Moscow said was carrying humanitarian aid to a rebel-held area of war-torn eastern Ukraine returned across the border 23 August 2014. More than 200 white trucks left Ukraine after making a stop in the city of Luhansk. A spokesman for Ukraine's Anti-Terror Operations, Olekseyi Dmitrachkovskiy, accused Russia of using the convoy to bring more supplies to rebels and to cover the tracks of their alleged involvement in the conflict. "One of their missions was to take away dead Russian fighters,” he said, adding that they also are “stealing machine components and parts produced only in Ukraine.”

    Spokesman of the NSDC Information-Analytical Center Andriy Lysenko said "According to current information, the trucks that enter the territory under the guise of humanitarian convoys, are loaded by Russians with equipment of the production association Topaz, which produces the most advanced radars such as Kolchuga and equipment of the Luhansk plant, producing ammunition for small arms," Lysenko said. Other reports said the trucks returned empty.



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