More than likely, there is an ulterior motive to Vladimir Putin's offer of Russian aid and its subsequent convoy of 262 trucks to Ukraine. Yet, though this aid could be baited in some form or another, Ukraine should on condition accept the aid, provided that it is humanitarian in nature and design to ease the suffering of the people of eastern Ukraine.
That Putin would use the provision of aid to Ukraine as a Trojan horse to invade is a possibility. But it is a risk that Ukraine could take provided that international monitors take on the role as distributors of this Russian aid. Even though Putin appears irrational often, his Russian white-trucked convoy of aid to eastern Ukraine amounts to a well choreographed political ploy designed to win Putin some public relations points at home and abroad.
However, there might be other reasons for Putin's offer of aid to Ukraine. That rebels were responsible for shooting down a commercial jetliner over eastern Ukraine and killing 298 innocent people last month, which amounts to an international crime, Russia is forced to soften Moscow's reputation and role in the fight in eastern Ukraine. That Aleksander Borodai, the Donetsk rebel leader has stepped down; and that Luhansk rebel leader Valery Bolotov has also stepped down, infer a systematic ploy to attempt to soften the demeanor of pro-Russian rebel leaders in Ukraine. That 2,086 people have died since April in the conflict and that Ukraine forces are closing in on pro-Russian enclaves, are all prime reasons Putin should begin to consider his image in the post-conflict era.
Or is Putin that deliberate that the aid convoy could actually be to provide cover for escape to those pro-Russians who have been closely connected to waging the bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine? Whatever.
Any humanitarian aid to the victims of war is acceptable and kind, and the gift itself - if given in kindness, should always outshine the giver especially in its utility by the needy.