Putin not flinching on Ukraine despite economic crisis

January 21, 2015 9:08 AM

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Putin not flinching on Ukraine despite economic crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A surge in violence in east Ukraine is undermining international hopes that Russia's financial crisis and Western sanctions will force President Vladimir Putin to change policy on the conflict.

There is a growing sense of foreboding as fighting between Ukrainian government forces and separatists intensifies, complicating efforts to arrange summit talks involving Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.

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