Ukraine elected a president in April whose top priority was to end the conflict in the East.

More than 13,000 people have been killed during the fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed separatists.

And now for the first time since he came into office, Volodymyr Zelenskyy is meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin.

French and German leaders are mediating the talks taking place in Paris on monday.

The so-called normandy group last met to discuss ways to end the fighting more than three years ago.

President Zelenskyy is optimistic he can bring peace to eastern Ukraine.

But his critics see him as a political novice and fear he might give away too much to end the conflict.

His opponents have been protesting ahead of the Paris meeting.

So, what's at stake for Russia and Ukraine?

Oleksiy Haran - Professor of Comparative Politics at Kiev Mohyla Academy.

Viktor Olevich - Lead Analyst at the Moscow-based think tank Centre for Actual Politics.

Anna Matveeva - Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's College London.

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