By Henry Hullah
A convoy of 280 Russian trucks are heading towards Ukrainian border. Russian officials say they are full of aid desperately needed for relief efforts in Eastern Ukraine, officials across the border are not so optimistic.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has come out strongly against the convoy said the move is "cynical," and that "it would be better for Russia to send 300 empty Kamaz trucks to take their bandits back. Then there would be no need to send humanitarian aid."
Russian officials have insisted the move is to deliver humanitarian aid to areas in need.
Oleksandr Scherba, the Ambassador-at-Large to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, echoed the view of his Prime Minister on the program:
"Of course we are very distrustful of Russia's intentions from the very beginning Russia didn't show any goodwill whatsoever."
"But on the other hand," Scherba stated, "The humanitarian situation on the ground is very desperate, very difficult. We are not in the kind of situation to be very adamant about sending back anything we receive even from the nation that is behaving in a really hostile manner."
When questioned by Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour, about why there has been no coordination with red cross, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Special Representative for Human Rights, rebutted "I am amazed to hear that it hasn't been coordinated. From what has been said many times, not just by Russian officials, all the details, all the parameters of this humanitarian convoy have been meticulously discussed and agreed upon by: Russia, Ukraine, the International Committee for the Red Cross."
"As far as I understand he [Scherba] works in the Foreign Ministry" the special representative went on to say. "The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has officially, by sending a reply note to the Russian Foreign Ministry, has confirmed that all the details of that humanitarian convoy have been agreed upon. Once they have confirmed that all the details have been agreed upon. This was a very precise official reaction."
"The green light was on in Kiev."
Ukraine's Ambassador-at-large responded: "Nobody except for Moscow knows about that meticulous discussion."
'Hypocrisy is the first word to come to my mind'
Special Representative Dolgov said that it is "a huge hypocrisy to present Russia's role, particularly humanitarian role in this particular case as a guise for some military plans. It's particularly amazing to hear it from the representative of the Ukrainian government which continues to bomb and shell its own citizens."
When given the chance to respond Oleksandr Scherba pulled no punches:
"Hypocrisy is the first word to come to my mind too. To form this fire and then send some water to extinguish it."
"To speak about people dying on the ground and shelling, from the representative of a country who basically eradicated Chechnya 10 years ago, it is a hypocrisy."