Is Russia testing Donald Trump in eastern Ukraine? - Inside Story
Feb 5, 2017
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In the past week, Eastern Ukraine has suffered some of the heaviest fighting seen for a long time.

Heavy artillery fire, a car bomb explosion and other ceasefire violations coincided with a phone call between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

They discussed how to mend relations between the US and Russia.

US senators and analysts are wondering whether the surge in fighting is the Kremlin testing the water with the new US president.

Ukrainian government leaders and pro-Russia separatist rebels are blaming each other for the ceasefire violations.

Trump phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and promised to restore peace.

But between commitments to support the Ukrainian leadership in Kiev and improving relations with Putin, it remains to be seen what Trump will do.

So, will be able to restore calm in Ukraine?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Guests:

Olexiy Haran; Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Sergei Markov; Former spokesman for President Vladimir Putin & Director of the Institute of Political Studies.

Lilit Gevorgyan; IHS Global Insight analyst specialising in relations between Russia and Ukraine.

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