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The Interpreter
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 184

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Russian Humanitarian Cargo Still Not Crossing Ukrainian Border: ICRC
Russian trucks with humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine have still not crossed the Ukrainian border, Andre Lersh, representative of the ICRC told interfax.com.ua. The Interpreter has translated the report.

"According to the status as of 21:30, not a single truck has crossed the Ukrainian-Russian border," he told Interfax.


According to earlier reports, the first KAMAZ trucks from the Russian convoy have entered customs control at the Donetsk checkpoint in the Russian Federation

(There are two cities named "Donetsk", one in Russia and one in Ukraine).

Southern Custom Division agent Rayan Farukshin told Interfax South that customers agents had begun processing the humanitarian cargo:

"The customs agents have begun preparing the necessary documentation for the freight from the Russian humanitarian convoy to pass through. At the present time,there are four KAMAZes on the grounds of the Donetsk customs checkpoint, and four more are in line."


Andrei Lysenko, spokesmen for the information and analysis center of the Ukrainian Center for National Security and Defense told the Ukrainian news service 112.us this evening that the Ukrainian government had not obtained documentation about the content of the humanitarian cargo from Russia, so that its processing will likely start tomorrow morning:

"Beside the list of representatives of the ICRC, our border guards and customs agents who are at that checkpoint have not received it. Most likely they can begin work by tomorrow morning, since in general there is documentation about the contents of this humanitarian freight."

The Kremlin propaganda station RT.com ran a live feed of the border checkpoint for a time today.



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Ukrainian Separatists Reportedly Shoot Down 1-3 Aircraft
There are reports that a Ukrainian jet and two helicopters were shot down in eastern Ukraine:

AFP reports that the Ukrainian government has confirmed the downing of a jet plane:

Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a Su-25 jet was shot close to the second-largest insurgent bastion of Lugansk, where government forces claim to have battled back control over several districts in the past few days.

Lysenko said it was too early to tell who had shot down the plane -- the latest in a string of military jets to be hit -- or what had happened to the pilot.

Clashes in and around the other major rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed 43 civilians in the past 24 hours, local authorities said.

AFP journalists saw fierce mortar fire tear through the centre of the city close to the state-of-the-art stadium of football team Shakhtar Donetsk, as Ukrainian troops tightened their grip on insurgents holed up in the mining hub.

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Russian 'Aid Convoy' Will Cross Into Ukraine Late Tonight

The Russian state-operated propaganda network RT reports:

The first 16 trucks with Russian humanitarian aid to the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions of Ukraine are ready to go through customs inspections at the Donetsk checkpoint on the Russia-Ukraine border.

The convoy is expected to move out to its destination in Ukraine during the night, at around 3:00-4:00 MSK, the Itar-Tass news agency reports.

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Russia Weakens Food Sanctions But Closes McDonald's

RFE/RL reports that Russia has stopped the import ban on certain kinds of food because Russia can't supply them:

Russia has removed lactose-free milk, juvenile salmon and some other foods that are hard to substitute from a list of banned Western imports.

Russia prohibited imports of most fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy products from many Western countries in early August in retaliation for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

But an order published on the government website on August 20 names several items that will be allowed because Russia istelf does not produce enough of them.

The list includes potato seeds, lactose-free dairy products and juvenile Atlantic salmon, which the order says is needed because domestic production covers only five percent of demand. It also includes some vitamins and other dietary supplements.

However, it seems that Russia believes that fast food is not in short supply:

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'We Fight Russia. We Don't Fight Separatists, We Fight Russia'

The Ukrainian soldiers in this video say that they have been fighting this war since the beginning. These troops, members of the 72nd brigade, have recently escaped "the cauldron," an area in eastern Ukraine where they were surrounded by 'separatists' while simultaneously being bombarded by Russian artillery from the other side of the border.

According to them, most of the Ukrainian separatists have already been killed. They are now engaged in a battle with the Russian military, a military that often fires from the other side of the border, and the troops are not allowed to return fire.

"We fight Russia. We don't fight separatists, we fight Russia. With equipment, with weapons from Russia that gets through the border at night. Columns of tanks... don't know, maybe they transport them on trucks? I don't know, missiles and mortars... Everything... Every day they hit us from their side. Every day we lose people. Every day.

"79th Brigade was hit from behind the border. And we can't retaliate. Battle? We have no problem with a battle. We all fought before. We all know how to shoot, no problem. But, we can't shoot Russian territory. And our government stays silent. Short reports... 20 soldiers were killed during shooting. And that's all. Somehow, it's like that..."

The soldiers go on to say that their air support was either shot down or was reduced out of fear of the Russian anti-aircraft missiles now being used by the insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Russian drones, and even spy planes, help inform the insurgents where to shoot, they say.

One soldier describes how the Ukraine air dropped supplies, but dropped the wrong caliber bullets. The separatists, supplied by Russia, have not had this problem, and much of the incoming fire is coming from Grad rockets which the soldiers have no way of countering.


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