Why is Julie Bishop stirring the pot by saying that the humanitarian aid being sent to Ukraine from Russia could be a pretext for direct military intervention?
"Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has gone further than others in making irresponsible innuendos against our country even though one would think that her position presupposes building bridges between countries, not destroying them" Russia's foreign ministery said.
Itar-Tass news agency said the convoy was carrying 2,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid including 400 tonnes of cereal, 100 tonnes of sugar, 62 tonnes of baby food, 54 tonnes of medical equipment and medicine, 12,000 sleeping bags, and 69 generators. Thousands of people in Donetsk and the border town of Lugansk have no food, electricity, water or medical equipment caused by the bitter fighting.
Kiev and the west believe that Russia has been sending tanks, missiles and other heavy weapons to the rebels for months. But Moscow says that's a lie.
So who's telling the truth?