The first reports of illegal border crossing came from Western journalists and Ukrainian officials on the ground in the evening of Aug. 14. Anti-Terrorist Operation spokesperson Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskiy confirmed the information in the morning of Aug. 15.
In the meantimes, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that an agreement had been reached with Russian authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which would allow the aid to enter Ukraine in accordance with Ukrainian law and be transported by the ICRC.
“It has been agreed that all humanitarian supplies, including Russian humanitarian aid destined for territory controlled by terrorists, will be delivered exclusively by the ICRC. The Committee will perform all of the logistics associated with storing and distributing the aid,” said a ministry statement released on Aug. 15.