Ukraine president plans talks with Trump while in US

"This escalation of violence must stop", she continued.

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Tymoshenko, a member of parliament who is projecting herself as a potential successor to the incumbent president Petro Poroshenko, said that Trump assured her that he would "not abandon" Ukraine, according to Politico. "We are not - and so I think she spoke very forcefully and clearly on that".

Gardner, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced his support for sanctions after meeting with Ukrainian former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to express USA support for Ukraine and to condemn Russian aggression.

"Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, this crisis will continue". After Trump and Putin's call, pro-Russian militants backed by Moscow stepped up attacks on territory in eastern Ukraine surrounding that which they now occupy.

Fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine has intensified amid reports Friday of shelling in dozens of civilian areas.

The phone call between the world leaders comes shortly after USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, heavily criticized Russia's "aggressive actions" in eastern Ukraine during her first appearance at the United Nations Security Council. "We have seen them inside Avdiivka".

"There was panicking" in Ukraine after that statement, Jarabik said, speaking from Kiev.

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Moscow and Kiev have traded blame over who started the latest round of violence.

On Thursday, Republican Sen. Trump said to the Wall Street Journal in January.

On Twitter, Dina Fidarova, said that the Putin-Trump call showed how easy it will be for Putin to take advantage of Trump's apparent lack of knowledge or interest in the nuances of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

The ambassador gave further harsh condemnation of Russia's "aggressive actions", urging an immediate cessation of the country's three-year-long occupation of Crimea.

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey drew a link between Trump's mollifying approach to Russian Federation and the aggression in Ukraine.

A surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine has presented the new administration of President Donald Trump with a first test of its Russian Federation policy and Haley's comments were closely watched for signs of any shift.

Menendez is part of a bipartisan group of senators who have introduced the Countering Russian Hostilities Act, which he said would hold Russia accountable for its worldwide aggression and interference in the United States election.

"We call on Russian Federation to use its considerable influence over the separatists to make sure that they respect the Minsk agreement and the cease-fire", he said.