The first trucks from a Russian aid convoy start crossing back into Russia after igniting a storm of anger in Western capitals a day earlier by driving into Ukraine without the permission of the government in Kiev. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The first trucks from a Russian aid convoy started crossing back into Russia on Saturday (August 23) after igniting a storm of anger in Western capitals a day earlier by driving into Ukraine without the permission of the government in Kiev. The return of the trucks may help ease the tension to some extent in time for the arrival of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Ukrainian capital later on Saturday for talks on how to end the crisis over Ukraine. Western leaders had joined Kiev in calling the Russian convoy - about 220 white-painted trucks loaded with tinned food and bottle water - an illegal incursion onto Ukraine's soil, and demanded that they be withdrawn as soon as possible. A Reuters journalist at the Donetsk-Izvarino border crossing, where the convoy rolled into Ukraine on Friday (August 22), said about 10 trucks had passed back into Russia and more could be seen in the distance arriving at the crossing. Russian state television had earlier broadcast footage of some of the trucks being unloaded at a distribution depot in the city of Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.