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Russian aid convoy puts Ukraine in difficult position
Russian aid convoy puts Ukraine in difficult position

The Kremlin's rush to get a massive aid convoy to civilians trapped in eastern Ukraine has confronted the Kiev government with the dubious choice of appearing insensitive as it delays delivery to inspect the cargo or letting through unchecked goods that could resupply a sputtering separatist rebellion. Either way, Russian President Vladimir Putin scores a moral victory with the Russian-speaking communities in eastern Ukraine, where state-run Russian television has already convinced most residents that their suffering is due to a brutal Ukrainian government offensive. The provision of water, baby food, sleeping bags and medicines could also blunt any Russian domestic backlash...

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