Europe Russia promises new aid convoy to Ukraine as fighting in east surges

Experts say that the aid, combined with a new rebel offensive in Donetsk, strengthen Putin's bargaining position ahead of tomorrow's possible meeting with Poroshenko.

By , Correspondent

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Amid reports of a surge in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Moscow will be sending a second humanitarian convoy into the war-torn region as early as this week.