Ukraine accuses Russia of cynicism over convoy; death toll rises sharply




 
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Ukraine accuses Russia of cynicism over convoy; death toll rises sharply
 
August 13th, 2014  
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Topic: Ukraine accuses Russia of cynicism over convoy; death toll rises sharply


Ukraine accuses Russia of cynicism over convoy; death toll rises sharply
By Natalia Zinets and Dmitry Madorsky KIEV/VORONEZH Russia (Reuters) - Ukraine described Russia's dispatch of an aid convoy advancing now towards its border as a cynical act designed to fan a pro-Russian rebellion the UN said on Wednesday had claimed nearly 1,000 lives, fighters and civilians, in two weeks. Kiev declared that the convoy would not be allowed to pass; "First they send tanks, Grad missiles and bandits who fire on Ukrainians and then they send water and salt," Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said of a conflict that has killed over 2,000 since mid-April. "The level of Russian cynicism knows no bounds." The comments reflected suspicions in Kiev and Western capitals that passage of the convoy onto Ukrainian soil could turn into a covert military action to help separatists in the Russian-speaking east now losing ground to government forces.




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