President Trump's kowtowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki alarmed the world in July. Few countries had more reason for concern than Ukraine, which has defended itself in a low-intensity war with Russia for nearly four years. Yet despite the U.S. president's baffling fondness for Mr. Putin, Ukrainians say Mr. Trump's policies are surprisingly supportive of Kiev and hostile toward Moscow. In some ways they believe Mr. Trump has been much better than his predecessor.
"The Trump administration has a pretty sound foreign policy toward Russia, Ukraine and the region," says Michael McFaul, a U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama. "The problem is that the president doesn't agree with the policies of his administration."