Ukraine ready to inspect Russian convoy

The Ukrainian military on Friday was set to begin inspecting hundreds of Russian trucks meant to be carrying humanitarian supplies to Luhansk, which is held by pro-Russian separatists.

"As for now the work by the Ukrainian officials has not begun as they do not yet have the documents from the Red Cross giving them permission," the military said in statement, according to Agence France-Presse

The 250 trucks were supposed to move from a Russian army position to a border town, where Ukrainian officials could inspect them before heading into the country, according to The New York Times

Ukraine had initially resisted allowing the convoy into the country amid skepticism about the operation but reversed after an agreement on inspections. 

According to AFP, the trucks are supposed to have 1,800 tons of supplies to be delivered to the separatist-controlled region that is suffering from a shortage of food, water and electricity.

Ukraine has reported that some Russian vehicles had already crossed into the country the night before. However, Russian officials told the Times the trucks were from a private business, not associated with the Russian military.