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Ukraine Sends Its Own Aid Convoy To Separatist-Held East

A convoy of 26 trucks with humanitarian aid left the government-controlled Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on August 14 for the separatist-held Luhansk region. Serhiy Bochkovskiy, the chief of Ukraine's State Service for Emergency Situations, told journalists the supplies would be handed over to the Red Cross for distribution in the region. The Ukrainian trucks left Kharkiv as a Russian aid convoy of nearly 300 trucks was approaching Ukraine's border. Moscow said its convoy was not carrying military aid to the separatists fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)