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Ukraine PM slams Putin, ceasefire again under strain in east Ukraine

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 01:39

As fighting flares in eastern Ukraine, in breach of a fragile ceasefire, Ukraine accuses Russia of illegally sending a convoy into the country and planning to destroy the nation. Mana Rabiee reports.

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A Russian convoy rumbles through the Rostov region towards neighboring Ukraine. It's carrying 1,900 tons of aid -- canned food, sugar, flour, diesel generators. It's the second Russian aid convoy to enter Ukraine, as pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine's ethnically-Russian east battle the central government. Moscow says the convoys are meant to ease the plight of its ethnic kin who are caught in the middle of months of fighting. The convoy passes the border without major difficulty, but Ukraine's defense spokesman says the move is illegal. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE COUNCIL SPOKESMAN, ANDRIY LYSENKO, SAYING: "Ukrainian border officers and customs officers were not allowed to check and register cargo and vehicles. Red Cross representatives are not accompanying cargo and its content is unknown." The convoy came as fighting flared near an airport, breaching a fragile 8-day truce that Moscow helped broker between the government and the rebels. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to destroy Ukraine. A ceasefire, he sys, can't contain Putin's larger ambitions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER ARSENY YATSENIUK, SAYING: "His goal is to take the entire Ukraine. He cannot cope with an idea that Ukraine would be a part of big EU family. He wants to restore the Soviet Union." Some 100 trucks arrive in Luhansk, a city ravaged by war. Another 100 vehicles are expected later in the day.

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Ukraine PM slams Putin, ceasefire again under strain in east Ukraine

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 01:39