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    Trump Vows Cooperation With Moscow, Kiev to Restore Peace on Ukrainian Border

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    US President Donald Trump and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation on Saturday, discussing ceasefire regime in the breakaway republics of Donbass.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) —President Trump has pledged to cooperate with leaders of Russia, Ukraine and other nations in order to restore peace in war-torn Donbass, the White House announced following the conversation.

    "We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border," Trump said, as cited in the statement.

    According to Poroshenko's spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko, both presidents expressed readiness to "explore additional steps to enhancing the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States."

    "A particular attention was paid to the settlement of the situation in Donbas and to achieving peace by political and diplomatic means. The two leaders expressed deep concern about the spike in tension and deterioration of humanitarian situation, especially in the area of Avdiivka. They stressed on the need for establishing immediate ceasefire regime," Tsegolko wrote on Facebook.

    Tsegolko added that Poroshenko "expressed gratitude to the Head of the White House for firm support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," stating that the Ukrainian president spoke in favor of intensifying economic and business connections between the countries.

    The presidents also discussed the upcoming Poroshenko's visit to Washington, Tsegolko wrote.

    The talks were held amid rapid escalation in the Donetsk region town of Avdiivka. The population of the industrial town was brought to the brink of a humanitarian disaster after fighting between Ukrainian military and local militia intensified, leaving the town without electricity, heating and water as temperatures dropped to a freezing —22 degrees Celsius.

    Fighting is estimated to have left over 40 people dead and more than 100 wounded.

    Earlier, 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.

    The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine unwinded in April 2014 as a local counter-reaction to the West-sponsored Maidan coup in Kiev that had toppled legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions held independence referendums and proclaimed the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Kiev has since been conducting a military operation, encountering stiff local resistance.

    In February 2015, Kiev forces and Donbass independence supporters signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in Donbass, as well as constitutional reforms that would give a special status to the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. Since then, the ceasefire regime has been regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.

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      He's trolling you, Mr. President. Ask Sputnik to explain the rules on that.
    • RedBanner
      "We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border," Trump said, as cited in the statement."

      What border? Ukraine-Russia border? Or Kiev's Western Ukraine-Donbass Eastern Ukraine "border" (or buffer zone) ?

      "The two leaders expressed deep concern about the spike in tension and deterioration of humanitarian situation, especially in the area of Avdiivka. They stressed on the need for establishing immediate ceasefire regime"

      Avdiivka, on the map, is inside the Eastern-Ukraine area! What are Kiev's infantry, tanks and artillery, doing there? By being there, they are in total disrespect and violation of the Minsk agreements!

      So it's up to Porky to make a phone call to the military in charge in the region and tell them to withdraw to their previously agreed positions!
      You certainly don't want Russia to take responsibility for Kiev's actions, do you?...
    • avatar
      As detailed by anne00marie yesterday Ukraine's borders full stop have never been officially ratified with Russia as Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union till its dissolvement in 1999.
      Even the usually biased Ban Moon has recognized this fact,thus all this subterfuge is to deny Russia's rights as the western empire seceding legal rights to differentiating between Russia and the Soviet Union by forcing Russia to pay back Soviet Union debts.

      Therefore Russia has every right to just march in and take over Ukraine hence why the pre propaganda accusing Russia of interference in its territory as a proxy way of establishing its rights to those borders when in fact that right is not lawfully theres.

      It also explains why US has been gutting and seriously indebted Ukraine in case it has to secede Ukraine back to Russia in the future.

      Which is also the reason that NATO under its constitution cannot let Ukraine join its organisation.
      Thus we see the pussy footing around the Ukraine issue by Trump, I guess if Russia really wanted Ukraine they would have just marched in and would have had every right to do so.
      Ultimately Ukraine needs to be split into 4 parts with Eastern sector going to Russia the central sector remaining as Ukraine and the western sector going to Hungary and Poland who seceded these areas after the world wars.

      This regionalization would stop the encroachment on Russias borders and make it economically feasible for the former territories of the Soviet Union to become self sustainable without the need for horrendous loans to keep it going for this to work the IMF would firstly have to secede the loans made to Ukraine most certainly in the areas that Russia would govern and control.
    • siberianhusky
      Trump and his neocons are no better then the Democrats. Putin is a very smart man but he better be careful or he will be stabbed in the back by the Americans. They have done it before and will di it again when it suits them.

      Putin, China and Iran better stay very, very close. The Americans are creating and fighting as of right now wars on too many front and so far not winning a single one. Picking a fight with China while still stuck with the other wars isn't too smart.
    • avatar
      Ideally Russia should detail the Eastern part it wants integrated back as a part of Russian principality and territory.
      Registering that claim in the appropriate International courts after official ratification in Russia's lower and upper houses of parliament.
      The regional areas within that zone should also hold a referendum to establish there approval or not to Russian succession.
      This formal posture will certainly stop the dancing going on by Ukraine even the proposed referendum on joining NATO was a big part of that deceit Ukraine puppet masters and their empire friends? are engaging in.
    • avatar
      Put simple, based on recent history you work with the US they will stab you in the back at first oppotunity.
    • avatar
      Ukraine will be seceded back to Russia when its loaded to the gullets with IMF debt at which point the interest payments will sky rocket and interest payments with penalties defaulted on demanded in court for immediate payment this is the scam being orchestrated on this day.

      Russia must press forward with defining the borders and lodging documents that null and void debts accrued by western backed governments of its newly defined zone of interest.
    • avatar
      In fact the US Soros organised coup will legally exempt Russia from accrued debts on its informal territories of Ukraine...thank you Mr Soros!
    • avatar
      Those debts will formally become the responsibility of the US.
    • dan sheppard
      Trump will not do a thing to stop the US from committing war crimes in Donbass and building up forces in East Europe. He has still not mentioned a single word about John McCain and Lindsey Graham, making statement to Poroshenko and his troops of how they will doing everything in their power to fund, arm and protect the fascist Kiev terrorist regime fight against so called 'Russian aggression' Look it up on youtube, there is a video showing McCain actually talking to the troops in Ukraine.
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