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Ukraine 2.0: Renewed Fighting, a Test of the Country's Sovereignty in the Trump Era

New fighting has broken out in the past week  in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. Deaths and injuries have been reported on both sides -  representing the first event of violence, in the conflict between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine forces, since Donald Trump ascended to the White House, in Washington, DC. 

As it was in April, 2014, when fighting started between the parties, Ukraine's sovereignty will be tested again. This time Kiev is unsure of what support it might get from Washington. New fighting has claimed some 15 lives in the past week amid a two-year cease fire agreement that has mostly held in spite of  numerous reported violations.

Fighting in Ukraine, in 2017, comes with a new administration in the United States(US) that appears cozy with Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia. However, US Senator John McCain, according to an Associated Press(AP) report, has written to the new US president asking him to authorize sending lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government forces. 

The time of the new fighting in Ukraine that escalated as the US president hosted a telephone call with Putin, according to Senator McCain: "is an indication that Vladimir Putin is moving quickly to test you as commander-in-chief," the letter to Trump warned. The White House is yet to publicly confirm or deny the Senator's request.

"Unacceptable!...Sides have to stop fighting," the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE) said of the conflict on its Facebook's page. Signs of a renewed conflict continues testing Ukraine's sovereignty, which will either be finally determined or challenged via events in eastern Ukraine.