Russia sparked an international outcry earlier this month when it sent a convoy ostensibly loaded with humanitarian aid into Ukraine against Kiev's wishes. Yet just days after that first convoy returned home, Russia has already begun talking about sending a second wave of trucks across the border through a checkpoint controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
"The fact that the first convoy eventually delivered aid with no excess or incidents gives us reason to hope that the second one will go much more smoothly," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday, adding that trucks could begin moving within days.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the first convoy a "blatant violation of international law," and some wondered whether the affront would lead to direct combat between Russia and Ukraine.
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