LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — An Associated Press reporter has seen the first trucks in a massive Russian aid convoy entering the war-torn city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
Russian trucks carrying food, water, generators and sleeping bags crossed into rebel-held regions of Ukraine on Friday morning without the permission of the government in Kiev. Ukraine called the unilateral Russian move a "direct invasion."
Luhansk has seen fierce fighting for weeks now and although the Ukrainian government said earlier this week it had taken much of Luhansk, the city appears to be mostly in the hands of pro-Russia separatists. Residents have been without running water and electricity for 20 days.