Rebels say Russian convoy arrives in Lugansk

22nd August 2014, Comments 0 comments

Pro-Moscow rebels claimed the first lorries of a mammoth Russian aid convoy had arrived Friday in east Ukraine's rebel bastion of Lugansk after crossing over the border without Kiev's permission.

"Really, the first vehicles have reached Lugansk," Konstantin Knyrik, the head of a separatist news agency told Russia's Interfax wire service.

The claim could not be immediately verified as the besieged city has been without phone connection for weeks. Russian state media also claimed the convoy entered the besieged city.

A British freelance journalist, posted pictures on Twitter that he had purportedly taken of the convoy in the heart of the ravaged industrial hub.

"The first traffic jam in 'war' Lugansk. And the Russian humanitarian aid is now here!" Graham Philips, who has worked occasionally for Russian state-owned media, wrote.

© 2014 AFP

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