17 January 2018, Wednesday, 17:39

Ex-head of Security Service of Ukraine: “Putin’s convoy” divided into two columns


One of the parts, which includes people and equipment, headed in the direction of Donetsk.

Such a statement has been made by the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine Yevhen Marchuk on his Facebook account page.

“As far as I know, a column of Russian “peacekeepers” near Tula divided into two parts. The second part has an appearance of a “peacekeeping” one, but it headed off to Donetsk. I do not exclude that this part would try to pass through the part of the Russian-Ukrainian border controlled by Russia,” he said.

As said by Marchuk, the contents of the trucks really give rise to doubts.

“People saw soldiers and military hardware in some of them. The first part, “completely peacekeeping”, is heading to Rostov. I think something is being planned. It is for a reason Putin and all his power and political entourage has come nearer to the place of events today, that is to Crimea, where some sensational statement is expected to be made. I think our authorities know that,” he added.

Some Russian mass media also warn that not just one column could move to the Ukrainian border. As “Nezavisimaya gazeta” writes, in addition to the column which moves to Ukraine from Kharkiv direction, humanitarian goods are to be brought from Rostov region by other columns. At least, there are reports that “deputy governor Vadim Artemov ordered the head of the Main Directorate of the Interior Affairs Ministry of Russia in Rostov region to organize convoy of the column with “humanitarian aid”.

Earlier the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power said that the US will view “any further unilateral intervention by Russia into Ukrainian territory – including one under the guise of providing humanitarian aid” “as an invasion of Ukraine”. Western leaders stated that deliveries of humanitarian aid without Kyiv’s agreement can bright about new sanctions.

We remind that a Russian convoy of trucks is on the way to Ukraine. As the Russian side claims, trucks are carrying humanitarian aid for dwellers of Donbas, eastern part of Ukraine. However the Red Cross had not approved this proposal, knows nothing about the whereabouts and the further route of the trucks from Russia.