Ukrainian government soldiers from battalion "Donbass" guard their positions in village Marjyvka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia was sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine, despite urgent Western warnings against using humanitarian help as a pretext for an invasion.While Ukraine reported that Russia had massed 45,000 troops on its border, NATO said there was a "high probability" that Moscow could intervene militarily in the country's east, where Kiev forces are closing in on pro-Russian separatists.The Kremlin said it had made it clear to Barroso that Moscow would indeed send help to largely Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.Ukraine appears to be pressing ahead with its offensive, undeterred by the presence of what NATO says are about 20,000 Russian troops massed on the nearby border for a potential ground invasion.Moscow announced Friday it was ending war games in the area.
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