President Vladimir Putin of Russia met with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine for the first time Monday at a summit in Paris to try to end five years of war between Ukrainian troops and Moscow-backed separatists.
Both sat down at the French presidential palace along with the leaders of France and Germany for talks focused on reviving a 2015 peace agreement for eastern Ukraine that has largely stalled. Since 2014, the war has killed 14,000 people, emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said there was goodwill at the summit, which is aimed at advancing efforts to restore peace to eastern Ukraine, though much work remained to be done. She said this at a news conference in Paris, where she spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, after bilateral talks with Ukraine.