Fighting in Ukraine as aid convoy reaches customs

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Fierce fighting continues in eastern Ukraine as government troops try to snatch back territory from separatist rebels.

Ukrainian troops have made significant gains this week in a conflict that has claimed more than 2,000 lives and forced over 340,000 people to flee their homes.

Meanwhile, a Russian aid convoy is making tentative steps toward Luhansk. The city has been under siege for 19 days, lacking basic amenities like running water or electricity. The International Committee of the Red Cross says residents are struggling to survive amid the ongoing fighting.

Russia has been trying to send in over 200 trucks carrying what it says is humanitarian aid to help civilians in Luhansk, but Ukraine fears the move is a ploy to aid the pro-Russian separatists. The convoy has been held up at the border for a week in a dispute over the conditions under which Ukraine will admit the Russian trucks.

The Ukrainian border guard service says the trucks today began the process of clearing customs at the Russian border next to a rebel-held border post in Ukraine.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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