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12:19 PM, Aug 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The various wars in the Middle East and the apparent re-involvement of the U.S. there have temporarily overshadowed tensions in Ukraine. But today, as Jake Rudnitsky, Daryna Krasnolutska and Patrick Donahue of Bloomberg report:

Trucks carrying humanitarian aid from Russia crossed the border to Ukraine, which said the move amounted to an invasion as the convoy moved without its consent.

There is more to the situation than an exchange of protests, as:

Fighting continued in Ukraine’s easternmost regions. Government troops killed more than 100 rebels and destroyed 11 Grad multiple rocket systems overnight, the Ukrainian military said today on its Facebook account. There were battles in six towns, while the separatists attacked nine checkpoints, it said.

Meanwhile, European leaders, who have a lot to lose if the crisis should spin entirely out of control, are doing what little they can and:

… stepping up diplomatic efforts to ease tensions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive tomorrow in Kiev, while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he’ll seek to negotiate a peace agreement with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and European Union representatives next week.

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