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Kiev Preparing Meetings With Trump Team in Munich Amid Fighting in Donbass

© Flickr / Byron HowesPeople in streets of Munich, Germany.
People in streets of Munich, Germany. - Sputnik International
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Kiev is preparing a set of bilateral meetings with the members of US President Donald Trump's administration on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference scheduled for February 17-19, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Konstantin Eliseev said Friday.

KIEV (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations said that Poroshenko could visit the United States this month and take part in the UN Security Council ministerial open debate on conflicts in Europe.

"We are now preparing the president's visit to Munich and also prepare bilateral meetings in Munich with the representatives of the new administration [Trump's] which also plans to take part in the Munich Security Conference," Eliseev said at a briefing.

Ukrainian tanks stand in the yard of an apartment block in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine - Sputnik International
Putin Explains Reasons Behind Ukraine Crisis Aggravation
He added that the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the United States was in the works.

The situation near the industrial town of Avdiivka and neighboring Yasynuvata has been tense for several days, with civilians being deprived of running water, central heating and electricity. The Ukrainian forces and Donbass militia are accusing each other of being responsible for escalation of fighting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listed three possible reasons behind the escalation in Donbass on Thursday, saying that one of them is that Kiev supported a "certain female candidate" during the 2016 US presidential race and now attempts to mend ties with the Trump administration amid the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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