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Focus softens on Ukraine after speeches at the United Nations

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By Euronews
Focus softens on Ukraine after speeches at the United Nations

Ukraine President Petro Poreshenko in his speech at the United Nations assailed Moscow for what he called its “brutal aggression” in the east of the country.

In contrast Russian President Vladimir Putin’s focus was on Syria perhaps averting the world’s attention away from Ukraine.

Has the conflict in the country been pushed from the world’s consciousness by the activities of the militant group ISIL and Europe grappling with the problems of refugees?

“I don’t think that they did not deal with the problem. I think the main question is how to stop the war, but everyone has to remain calm and peaceful,” said one person in Kyiv.

Vlodymyr Fesenko a political analyst believes Ukraine has not been forgotten.

“Obama in his speech mentioned Ukraine and urged people not to forget about it, the Crimea and the crisis in Eastern Ukraine.

‘I wouldn’t say that the Ukraine question has already been forgotten. Just recently new problems have arisen on which the international community has paid more attention,” he opined.

But the Ukraine crisis will return to the top of the agenda on Friday when President Putin and Poroshenko sit town in Paris to try and breathe new life into the Minsk peace agreement with the chance to bring to an end the 17-month old conflict which has killed over 8,000 people.