Trump tells Ukraine leader he'll work to "restore peace" with Russian Federation

"What is happening today is a risky military intervention in Ukraine", Power said in an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council in March 2014.

Nikki Haley, Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, firmly condemned Russian Federation for its intervention in Ukraine during a speech Thursday night and said that sanctions would remain in place until Moscow vacates Crimea. "If there is an opportunity for us to work better with the United States to deal with various worldwide problems which are extremely complicated and acute then we should take this opportunity".

"While no formal assurances were given, as the former PM is not the President's counterpart, the United States remains concerned about violence in Eastern Ukraine".

McCain also urged Trump to expand current sanctions against Russian Federation that were put in place after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014.

Russian Federation says Ukraine instigated the latest surge to firm up Western support, while Kiev accuses the Kremlin of stirring up the violence to test the new USA administration's will to involve itself in the crisis.

He noted that Trump's new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis both advocated during their confirmation hearings for providing Ukraine with weapons to defend its sovereign territory.

The Ukrainian army's general staff also convened a meeting of the G-7 group of global powers representatives and the U.N. Security Council members' ambassadors to Kiev focused on the latest violence.

Mrs Haley acknowledged the United Nations sought to improve relations with Russia but told the council its actions on Ukranian soil demanded "clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions". "It shouldn't happen, or be that way". Putin on Thursday accused the Ukrainian leadership of ordering the attack in the east to pose as a victim to secure USA and European Union support and prevent a thaw in Russia-West ties.

A Ukrainian political leader said she received assurances from President Donald Trump that he would look out for Ukraine in its ongoing dispute with Russian Federation, said people briefed in the aftermath of a quick, informal conversation between the two political figures.

On Thursday, the Treasury Department slightly eased a sanction the Obama administration put in place against Russia's Federal Security Service, known as the FSB.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov countered that "without question, we dispute (Haley's) position". "He's a leader of his country", Trump said according to an excerpt released yesterday.

Clashes between Ukrainian forces and Moscow-backed rebels left two more dead in a flashpoint town Friday and four others elsewhere in bloodshed that has prompted the United States to condemn Russia's "aggressive" stance.

"Nobody has a right to indifference when a traditional Russian scenario of taking the whole town hostage is being implemented right in front of our eyes", Poroshenko said in a statement Thursday.

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