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Almost 300 Russian Army trucks, painted white, are somewhere on the road between Moscow and the Eastern Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin calls the convoy humanitarian aid for a crisis the West is ignoring. Ukraine suspects it’s a “Trojan Horse” to help Russian separatists. With Russian troops already stationed near Ukraine, the world is watching “the ghost convoy on tour.” Meantime, there are calls for the US to send arms to Ukraine… and more economic sanctions to isolate Putin. We’ll hear the pros and cons.

Also, racial tension rises in Ferguson, Missouri, and Biden breaks up with Maliki.

Banner Image: A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drives along a road near the city of Yelets August 12, 2014. The convoy carrying tons of humanitarian aid left on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory. Ukrainian presidential aide Valery Chaly told journalists the cargo will be reloaded onto other transport vehicles at the border by the Red Cross. Russia said it would transfer the convoy to the aegis of the International Committee of the Red Cross, but made no reference to the demand the goods be reloaded. The European Union said the aid would have to be verified. REUTERS/Nikita Paukov

Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Since police killed an unarmed black man on Saturday, there’s been racial tension in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Last night, there was another shooting — this time of another black man, accused of pointing a gun at police officers. Wesley Lowery is reporting from Ferguson for the Washington Post.

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post (@WesleyLowery)

Russian Aid Trucks Head for Ukraine 34 MIN, 21 SEC

In the Eastern Ukrainian City of Luhansk, at least 2000 people have been killed and 5000 injured — pro-Russian separatists, Ukrainian troops and civilians. Yesterday, 278 Russian Army trucks, painted white, left Moscow and headed toward the Eastern Ukrainian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin says they’re loaded with humanitarian aid, but Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko smells a “Trojan Horse.”

Mark Rachkevych, Kyiv Post (@KyivPost)
Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (@RNicholasBurns)
Edward Lozansky, American University in Moscow (@EdwardLozansky)
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group (@ianbremmer)

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Vice President Biden's Relationship With Maliki Is Ending 9 MIN, 11 SEC

In 2009, newly elected President Barack Obama gave Vice President Joe Biden responsibility for helping to wind down the war in Iraq. As is his habit, Biden struck up a telephone relationship with President Nouri al-Maliki. But this week, Biden put in a call to a different number. The man he called this week is Haider al-Abadi, chosen by Iraq’s President to become that country’s new Prime Minister. Evan Osnos wrote about Biden’s telephone habits as part of a lengthy profile for the New Yorker magazine.

Evan Osnos, New Yorker magazine (@eosnos)


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