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Russian armoured vehicles seen near Ukraine aid trucks

A convoy of armoured vehicles is said to be moving towards the Ukrainian border.

A Ukrainian military vehicle.
A Ukrainian military vehicle.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

RUSSIAN ARMOURED VEHICLES were moving today towards the Ukrainian border, AFP journalists said, after British media reports that a small group had crossed into Ukraine.

The journalists saw a column of about a dozen troop carriers on the road towards the border post in the Russian town of Donetsk, not far from a huge convoy of Russian trucks that Moscow says is carrying humanitarian aid for besieged rebel-held towns in eastern Ukraine.


Journalists with British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian had reported seeing armoured vehicles and military trucks crossing into Ukraine via Donetsk on Thursday night.

Kiev is highly suspicious about the Russian convoy, fearing it could be a “Trojan horse” bringing in military support for the pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Both Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of sending armour and weapons across the border to help the rebels.

- © AFP, 2014

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