[QODLink]
Inside Story

What are Russia's plans for eastern Ukraine?

The EU threatens further sanctions amid continuing accusations of Russian military involvement in Ukraine.

Last updated: 01 Sep 2014 20:00
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Ukraine and its European allies have long accused Russia of having a military presence in eastern Ukraine.

NATO estimates some 1,000 Russian soldiers are helping separatist rebels. And it says Moscow is providing weapons and artillery; Russian president Vladimir Putin denies the accusation.

Putin says he is not trying to break Ukraine apart and insists the people of eastern Ukraine deserve more autonomy. But recent comments made by Putin suggest he may have something else in mind.

On Sunday he urged for talks on the issue and used the word 'statehood' for the first time in relation to eastern Ukraine. Remarks that Russia's presidential spokesman says were misinterpreted.

As NATO members contemplate a strong response to the crisis, we look at what Russia is trying to achieve in Ukraine? And NATO's potential involvement.

Presenter: Nick Clark

Guests:

Pavel Felgenhauer - defence analyst and columnist with Novaya Gazetta.

Alexei Garan - professor of comparative politics at Kiev Moheela University.

Kadri Liik - senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. 

175

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.
join our mailing list