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Different paths to peace for Ukraine

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 02:08

The Presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet at a summit as the tension in eastern Ukraine mounts. But the chances of them reaching an agreement look slim. Ciara Lee reports

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~****~ Progress.... but how much? Meeting face to face for the first time since June, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian leader Vladamir Putin. The meeting in Belarus wasn't expected to achieve much. After five months of a separatist war in Ukraine it will take more than that. Patrick Armstrong is from Plurimi Investment Managers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Patrick Armstrong, Managing Partner, Plurimi Investment Managers, saying: "It's very good news that they're talking but both sides have very strong lines and I don't think either one will move. They both think they're doing things the way they should be done." The crisis deepened just hours before the talks. Ukraine released video footage of what it said were Russian soldiers captured in its territory. They'd apparently surrendered to Ukrainian forces after crossing the border by accident. Russia has always denied sending arms and troops to support pro-Moscow separatists in a war which has now claimed more than 2,000 lives and triggered damaging tit for tat sanctions. Another obstacle is Russia's plan to send a second humanitarian aid convoy to the region. Ukraine and its Western allies objected to the arrival of the first one. But Russia insists more aid is needed for civilians caught up in the fighting. The instability continues to upset financial markets. And Poroshenko has now called for early elections in October. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Patrick Armstrong, Managing Partner, Plurimi Investment Managers, saying: "Poreshenko I think has made a calculated judgement. He knows that people are behind his policies and it will reiterate the hard line stance that the general Ukrainian population wants I believe." But expectations for calm in the near term remain low. Both leaders set out different paths - Poroschenko demanding an end to arms shipments from Russia. Putin urging Ukraine not to escalate their offensive. He also warned of further trade sanctions should European goods reach Russia via Ukraine

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Different paths to peace for Ukraine

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 02:08