Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he decided to send a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine because he could no longer wait.
According to the Kremlin account of the phone call, President Putin expressed "serious concern" about the military escalation in eastern Ukraine.
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