OSCE not allowed to enter facility with Russian "humanitarian" aid in occupied Luhansk
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported that its monitors were not allowed to enter a facility where recently arrived "humanitarian" aid from Russia is stored.
"Near Novosvitlivka (non-government-controlled, 16km south-east of Luhansk), the SMM saw ten white cargo trucks labelled 'Humanitarian Aid from the Russian Federation' (in Russian) with Russian Federation license plates accompanied by two cars labelled 'Police' with 'LPR' [self-proclaimed 'Luhansk People's Republic'] plates, four cars labelled 'Ministry of Emergency Services of Russia,' an ambulance with Russian Federation license plates and two other vehicles with 'LPR' plates. The convoy was seen entering a compound at 2a Rudneva Street in Luhansk city. When the SMM attempted to follow, it was blocked by two armed men who stated that the SMM would not be allowed to enter the compound because it had not 'co‑ordinated in advance,'" the OSCE said in an update based on information received as of 19:30, February 22, 2018.
Read alsoOSCE co-ordinator holds secret meeting with Putin's aide Surkov - GerashchenkoRussia has recently sent its 74th convoy of cargo trucks with "humanitarian" aid, which arrived on February 22. The 430-tonne aid allegedly includes baby food and medical equipment.
The previous convoy from Russia arrived in the occupied areas in eastern Ukraine on January 25.