The shock of Trump’s victory for a Ukrainian government that backed the wrong horse was evident last week. Officials, including the interior minister, hurriedly took down Facebook posts in which they had criticized Trump during the campaign.A senior Ukrainian official, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, said the authorities are now banking on strong support among Republicans in Congress to influence Trump in Ukraine’s favor.
‘Under a Bus’
That’s probably wishful thinking, said Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, the New York-based political risk consultancy. Two and a half years after Russia launched a covert military operation to back separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, Ukraine’s interests are likely to be sacrificed as the new administration in Washington prioritizes cooperation with Moscow.