VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Merkel visits as Russia defies Kiev
Published 23/08/2014 | 16:45
The trucks had crossed into Ukraine yesterday, bound for Luhansk, another rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine hard-hit by weeks of fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels. The Ukrainian government and Western countries denounced the move as a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and accused Russia of using the convoy to smuggle supplies and reinforcements to separatist fighters. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has advocated a measured European Union response to Russia's aggressive policies in Ukraine, arrived in Kiev today to meet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Ukraine has retaken control of much of its eastern territory bordering Russia, but fighting for Donetsk and Luhansk persists.