TEHRAN, Dec 9_The presidents of Russia and Ukraine are set to hold their first face-to-face talks in Paris along with leaders of France and Germany as part of renewed four-way efforts to end a deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The meeting, slated to be held later on Monday, brings together Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron of France mediating the peace endeavor — the first of its kind in three years.
The crisis first broke out in Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking region in 2014, when a wave of protests overthrew a democratically-elected pro-Russia government and replaced it with a pro-West administration.
This prompted an armed conflict in Ukraine’s eastern regions, where people have refused to endorse the new administration. The confrontations saw pro-Russia forces take control of two large eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, demanding greater autonomy from Kiev.