The convoy was carrying 2,000 tons of humanitarianaid, according to the Itar-Tass news agency. It included 400 tonsof cereals, 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons ofmedical equipment and medicine, 12,000 sleeping bags and 69generators of various sizes, the agency reported.
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In talking about the convoy on Monday, Sergey V.Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said he hoped thehumanitarian effort by Russia would not be blocked by Kyiv or itsWestern allies.
The secretary general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, estimatedthat there was a "high probability" that Russia could attack, andUkraine announced that even more Russian troops than previouslythought were massed along the borders.
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Speaking by telephone on Monday, Mr. Putin told thepresident of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, that theconvoy was being dispatched. Mr. Barroso responded by warning"against any unilateral military actions in Ukraine, under anypretext, including humanitarian," the European Union said in astatement.
The Ukrainian government approved the aid convoy, butonly if it was delivered under the auspices of the InternationalCommittee of the Red Cross. The office of President Petro O.Poroshenko issued a statement saying that he had spoken Monday withPresident Obama, who also welcomed the decision to allowhumanitarian aid into the city of Luhansk under Red Crossauspices.