About a month ago, when Russia sent a humanitarian convoy to aid ethnic Russians in east Ukraine, the Western world, and of course media, screamed bloody murder, with everyone from NATO to the Kiev government declaring it, without a shadow of a doubt, an invasion, a Trojan Horse, and a convoy of arms deliveries for the rebels caught in the Ukraine civil war, not necessarily in that order. Nobody thought it could possibly be just that: a convoy of humanitarian aid delivering provisions to hundreds of thousands of civilians caught in the middle of a war. Then finally, after weeks of delays, the convoy was allowed in and after unloading its cargo, promptly returned to Russia without a single incident.
Fast forward to today, when hours ago Russia sent a second humanitarian convoy into east Ukraine, which entered without enter the approval of Kiev or the oversight of the Red Cross and nobody said a word.
As if all the posturing and warmongering rhetoric have long since departed the Ukraine, now that the US is fully engaged in yet another war, this time not a proxy civil war but one involving doing Qatar’s natural gas pipeline bidding once more, meaning it is time to conclude what was started in early 2013 and once again try to dethrone Syria’s assad so that the all important Gazprom-displacing pipeline from the middle east can finally make its way to Europe, aided by a soon to be new, pro-American government in Syria.
But back to Ukraine where the second convoy barely made news and the details about it were only revealed several paragraphs deep inside this AP article about ongoing fighting near the Donetsk airport:
On Saturday Russia also sent a convoy across the border of Ukraine, loaded with what Russian reports said was humanitarian aid, without the approval of Kiev or oversight of the international Red Cross. A similar convoy in August was loudly condemned by Ukrainian officials as an invasion, but this time around Lysenko simply called the move “illegal.” The country’s top leaders have remained silent, underscoring how dramatically the mood has shifted in the Kiev government since a cease-fire deal was struck.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/13/2014.