Putin Defies Western Warning, Will Send “Aid Convoy” To East Ukraine

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Putin Defies Western Warning, Will Send “Aid Convoy” To East Ukraine (ZeroHedge, Aug 11, 2014):

This may get messy.

Following days of loud warnings by the West that Putin should not take any moves to send “humanitarian” aid into East Ukraine, due to western fears that this would be merely a pretext for invasion, Putin said on Monday that Russia will go ahead and send an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine anyway.

As was reported earlier, Ukraine announced that Russia has amassed 45,000 troops on its border, following by the now-daily NATO threat that there was a “high probability” that Moscow could intervene militarily in the country’s east, so to many this is just the catalyst that the Kremlin could use to enter the civil war-ridden territory to support ethnic Russians, but ultimately to conduct yet another “Crimea.” As a reminder, despite the constant grumblings by the West and certainly Kiev, there is zero probability that the annexed territory will be relinquished by Putin. As a further reminder, it was the emergence of local mysterious “peacekeepers” that made the annexation of Crimea a quick and painless transition, one in which not a shot was fired. The concern is that that was merely the appetizer with the shale-rich Donbass region serving as the main course.

According to Reuters, European Commission President Barroso “delivered a blunt message in a telephone call with Putin on Monday. “President Barroso warned against any unilateral military actions in Ukraine, under any pretext, including humanitarian,” the Commission said in a statement.”  

The Kremlin, in its own account of the conversation, made clear that Moscow would indeed send help to largely Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine. We also doubt very much that Putin cared much if at all about any warnings uttered by the unelected Eurocrat.

It was noted that the Russian side, in collaboration with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, is sending an aid convoy to Ukraine,” the Kremlin statement said, without saying when the convoy was going.

And now that Putin’s mind is made up, Ukraine has no choice but to accept, albeit with its so-called conditions:

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he supported an aid mission but made clear it had to be an international effort under the aegis of the Red Cross, involving the European Union as well as Russia. Poroshenko said U.S. President Barack Obama had also backed the international plan when they spoke on the telephone on Monday.

The International Committee of the Red Cross made no immediate comment, although last weekend it issued a statement acknowledging receipt of an offer from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about organizing aid convoys.

Surely Russia will closely “heed” Ukraine’s conditions.

To be sure, NATO is displeased. Quote its Secretary General Rasmussen: “We see the Russians developing the narrative and the pretext for such an operation under the guise of a humanitarian operation, and we see a military build-up that could be used to conduct such illegal military operations in Ukraine,” he said.

And yet, Russia appears set to enter east Ukraine despite NATO objections.

It goes without saying that all it would take for a full blown escalation, one that not even the algo-driven market could ignore, would be a Russian casualty operating in Ukraine under a “humanitarian” umbrella, wether legitimate or due to a “false flag” attack, before the facade of artificial stability on Ukraine’s east border crumbles and what was until now a civil war morps into a full-blown international conflict.

Update 1: the readout of the Obama-Poroshenko phone call:

The President spoke this morning with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine.  President expressed his strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The two leaders agreed that any Russian intervention in Ukraine without the formal, express consent and authorization of the Ukraine government would be unacceptable and a violation of international law.  President Poroshenko also noted the continued shelling of Ukraine’s territory from Russia.  President Poroshenko updated the President on his engagement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the effort to deliver multilateral humanitarian aid to the distressed populations in eastern Ukraine.  The President noted the urgency of such humanitarian efforts and encouraged President Poroshenko to continue to exercise restraint and caution in military operations in order to avoid civilian casualties.  In light of the ongoing violence and instability, the President and President Poroshenko agreed that all parties should prioritize diplomatic efforts toward finding a political resolution to the crisis.

Update 2: From RIA:

6 thoughts on “Putin Defies Western Warning, Will Send “Aid Convoy” To East Ukraine

  1. Putin will win, the US needs to leave him alone.
    In my long life, I have never seen a nation so distrusted and despised as the US has become………
    In the meantime, cities and road at home are collapsing due to lack of funds thanks to shrinking tax bases. When people don’t earn, they don’t owe taxes, and the cities are going bankrupt all over America.
    Instead of trying to preserve our nation, the government brings in their greedy gut owners to buy the treasures of the cities with pennies on the dollar and the cities are left broken with no assets to rebuild.
    The US has no credibility left.

  2. I seriously wonder if BS’s weak follow through of threats is deliberate, it’s certainly consistent.

    If deliberate, then T’s theory on Vlad has foundation.

    If this is all a show, where is the real action?

  3. To Squodgy: Nothing makes sense any longer. I embrace the philosophy that since 1789 man has been slowly losing his reason. The idea man could rule himself has been proved wrong…….and this insanity is all we have left of it.

  4. As usual the bigger picture is missed. Who the he’ll do we think we are to tell anyone else what to do or not to do? Obviously the Russians have said F off to us just like they did with snowden. It’s ok for us to invade/support the over throw of any nation that we feel necessary regardless of what nato/europe/ tax payers want. So it’s ok for us to rape and pillage every natural resource from anywhere we decide…… But, don’t anyone else do it. Stupid ass holes in charge of our country!

  5. To James:
    Abe Lincoln said it best. He said he doubted the US would be hurt by invaders, rather by the Vandals Within…….
    The Vandals Within have taken hold of this nation and gutted it. Such people are akin to bankers, they have no allegiance to anything but their own greedy desires.
    Reminds me of that song from the 1960s
    Bye Bye Miss American Pie
    “Drove my Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry,
    And good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
    singing this will be the day that I die.
    And, the three men I admire most,
    the Father, Son and Holy Ghost
    They caught the last train for the coast
    The day the music died.

    The music has died. We are finished, destroyed by the greedy Vandals Within.

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