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Ukraine OKs aid mission in east

Red Cross to lead; supplies set for hard-hit Luhansk region

Posted: August 12, 2014 at 4:02 a.m.

Ukrainian government soldiers from battalion "Donbass" guard their positions in village Mariinka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation into Ukraine’s conflict-stricken province of Luhansk with assistance from Russia, the European Union and the United States, Ukraine said Monday.(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

DONETSK, Ukraine -- Ukrainian forces Monday zeroed in on rebel strongholds as the government welcomed an international humanitarian relief mission into the rebellious east involving Russia, the United States and the European Union.

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