By Drugoi, Russian blogger
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
A column of 280 KAMAZ trucks of humanitarian aid for the residents of eastern Ukraine from Moscow left Narofominsk, states the website of RIA Novosti. The motorcade will deliver to the inhabitants of eastern Ukraine about 2 thousand tons of humanitarian aid collected by Muscovites and residents of the Moscow region.
This is probably the most unusual convoy with humanitarian aid, which I have seen. There are no markings, registration numbers on cars–nothing. In the media on this occasion, also, there is a lack of coordination. RIAN writes just about the convoy, with the TV channel Zvezda it suddenly becomes an MES [Ministry of Emergency Situations] motorcade, although all the MES equipment has numbers and proper coloring (on the online television site there is only an archival photo). Website Vesti 24 also writes about the MES and even shows footage from loading the trucks, which it does not have in its photographs. However, car ownership becomes quite clear from this video. One can see that next to the column are military and on the KAMAZ trucks you still cannot find numbers. I am far from thinking that the convoy carries “humanitarian aid” in the form of weapons–this does not need such a garden fence. Rather, it is another demonstration of force–you forbid us to deliver humanitarian aid, and we will do what we think is necessary. Thus, it’s most likely that MES is not participating in this matter, which would seem logical in any other case, and the army is behind the scenes, albeit tacitly. At MES, under its operational information by the way, there is not a word about this convoy, and [the town of] Alabino, from which the column left, is the location of the 2nd Guards Motorized Rifle Taman Division.
Source: Журнал Другого
All photos: © RIA Novosti / Maxim Blinov