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Published: Friday August 15, 2014 MYT 4:50:02 PM
Updated: Friday August 15, 2014 MYT 4:51:24 PM

Ukraine begins inspection of Russian aid convoy - military statement

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian border guards and customs officials on Friday began inspecting a Russian humanitarian aid cargo for eastern Ukraine at a border point inside Russia, a Ukrainian military statement said.

A convoy of 280 Russian trucks brought the aid to the border in an operation which aroused Kiev's suspicions that it might be used as a cover for a military operation in Ukraine. The aid is destined for eastern Ukraine, where a war between government forces and separatists has produced a humanitarian crisis.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice and Richard Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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