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    There is growing tension in Ukraine where armed pro-Russian separatists have seized control of buildings in the east of the country, including a police station, despite threats of military action by authorities in Kiev.  President Barack Obama has told the Russian President Vladamir Putin that Moscow would face further costs for it’s actions and that Russian troops needed to withdraw from Ukraine's border to defuse tensions. Olexiy Solohubenko, Editor at BBC Global news and Ambassador Dan Baer, head of the US Mission to the OSCE based in Vienna joined Sean.

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    Ukraine

    Ukraine

    The Ukrainian government and the US have accused Moscow of fomenting unrest in Eastern Ukraine to create a pretext for another Russian military incursion similar to the takeover of Crimea last month. Up to 40,000 Russian troops are massed along the Ukrainian border, according to Nato. Within the country pro-Russian separatists have been seizing and occupying key buildings. Facing the prospect of the slow disintegration of the country, the Ukranian government has promised action against separatists. Edward Lucas is a senior editor at the Economist with extensive experience of reporting on Russia and Eastern Europe.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0410/607974-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-10-april-2014/?clipid=1530608
    EU Sanctions on Russia

    EU Sanctions on Russia

    Military intervention in the Ukraine crisis has thus far been ruled out by both the United States and the European Union, leaving the superpowers with only one card to play in the form of economic sanctions. But with Europe hugely dependent on Russia for its gas and oil supply, is talk of economic warfare nothing more than lip service, and does Vladimir Putin have any reason at all to fear an economic slap on the wrist from the EU? Keelin was joined by David Horgan, Managing Director of Petrel Resources and by Con Coughlin of the Daily Telegraph.

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    Ukraine

    Ukraine

    Diplomatic efforts to end the Ukrainian stand off stepped up a gear yesterday. Some progress was made at the first meeting between the US and Russia since the crisis started. However the sides are still very far apart, and it is not clear that the Western powers are all pulling in the same direction. Sean was from Financial Times Brussels Bureau Chief Peter Spiegel and Donnacha  O’Beachain who lectures in post-Soviet politics at Dublin City University.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0306/600502-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-6-march-2014/?clipid=1502017

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