Since August 2014, Russia’s send so called “Humanitarian aid” convoys into the territories of Ukraine, controlled by its Russian led forces.
With these consisting of large numbers of white, military trucks, driven by Russian soldiers, Jan 25th, 2018 saw the 73rd cross the border. As you can see below, Russia makes a big song and dance about them, loudly claiming they are delivering much needed baby food & supplies for civilians.
This celebration of Russia’s “humanitarian” efforts isn’t shared by many others, there being a widely held belief that these convoys are carrying ammo, not aid.
1: Russian led forces in Ukraine control 409km of the Ukrainian border, including the border crossings in Luhansk Oblast (province), where these convoys enter Ukraine.
2: No independent checks have ever been carried out any “aid” trucks content.
3: Despite Russia stating convoys are carry nothing more lethal than baby food, Russian led soldiers in Ukraine, keep denying OSCE monitors access to observe the unloading of convoy trucks.
Jan 25th 2018: OSCE report on 73rd convoy. Link to report.
SMM stands for OSCE – Special Monitoring Mission.
LPR stands for the Russian controlled “Luhansk People’s Republic.”
Luhansk city is the capital of the Luhansk Oblast (province) in Ukraine.
“The SMM observed a convoy of trucks with “Humanitarian Aid from the Russian Federation” written in Russian on the side. The SMM observed ten covered cargo trucks, three support vehicles, two ambulances, as well as two cars marked “Police” and three further vehicles driving west through “LPR”‑controlled Sorokyne. The SMM attempted to follow the convoy into a compound at 4a Darhomyzhskoho Street in Luhansk city, but was prevented from doing so by four “LPR” members (two armed) who closed a gate in front before the SMM vehicles were able to enter. One of the “LPR” members told the SMM that it needed permission from other “LPR” members in order to access the compound.”
In addition, each convoy is accompanied by several, so called “support” vehicles. These routinely consist of ambulances (see above pic) and white painted, Russian military vehicles. As reported by the OSCE, the Jan 25th convoy consisted of 10 trucks, 2 ambulances and 3 support vehicles.
The sending of ambulances into Ukraine further points towards these convoys being used for military purposes. Why do 10 trucks, who stay in Ukraine for just a few hours, need to be accompanied by 2 ambulances? The answer is, they are likely used to enable the evacuation of badly wounded Russian soldiers, with at times trucks probably bringing back unwanted military items and dead, Russian soldiers.
4: Lastly, the most convincing evidence of convoys carrying ammo, not aid, again comes from the OSCE. Here, 8 original convoy trucks go missing and for the return journey back to Russia, others have taken their place.
Nov 24th 2016: OSCE report on convoy crossing in and out of Ukraine.
Link to report.