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Conflict continues as Ukraine and Russia’s presidents meet




Russia has defended the decision to cross into Ukraine, saying that its trucks effectively delivered aid.
Russia has defended the decision to cross into Ukraine, saying that its trucks effectively delivered aid.
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Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine met today for the first time in two months. The meeting was prompted following the capture of 10 Russian soldiers in Eastern Ukraine and more shelling extending to the Southeast corner of Ukraine.

Hundreds of Russian trucks crossed from Russia into Ukraine in what Russia says is a humanitarian aid convoy and Ukraine says is a military action. Ukraine says that aid conveys intended to be carrying necessary supplies may be supplying Russian separatists with military help. A Ukrainian defense spokeswoman said the second group of trucks included tanks and military vehicles that moved into the southeastern corner of Ukraine and could open up a new front. Russia has defended the decision to cross into Ukraine, saying that its trucks effectively delivered aid.

Is Russia’s movement into Ukraine a violation of international law? How will the two countries continue to approach the conflict?

Guest: 

Will Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center