Trucks carrying Russian aid for eastern Ukraine have started moving toward the Russian-separatist-held city of Luhansk, Russia's foreign ministry said Friday. However, it does not appear that they have been authorized to do so by Kiev.
In a statement on the foreign ministry's website Russia accused Ukraine of deliberately delaying the aid that it says is for humanitarian purposes but that Ukrainian officials are concerned may be used to bolster rebel fighters and provide cover for an invasion by Moscow.
"The Russian side has decided to act," Russia's foreign ministry said. "Our column with humanitarian aid is starting to move in the direction of Luhansk."
There was no immediate comment from either Ukraine's government or the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has been inspecting the trucks — loaded with water, generators and sleeping bags. They have been delayed for over a week on the Russian side of the border.
Separatist fighters in Luhansk are currently besieged by Ukrainian government forces.