Earlier, President Zelensky announced that Ukraine was going to raise issues of the prisoner exchange, the security in the Donbas, elections on the occupied territories and the deadlines of the transfer of control over the border with Russian Federation. Zelensky said before Monday's talks that he hopes they will help achieve a lasting ceasefire.
The long-awaited summit in Paris aims to find a way to end the war in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that after five years and 14,000 lives lost has emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics.
Kateryna Kruk, a Ukrainian political analyst and journalist, however, praised Zelenskiy for standing firm on agreeing to elections in separatist-controlled areas of the Donbas only after Ukraine regains control of the border.
The Kremlin hopes that an end to the conflict could also lead to the eventual lifting of EU sanctions against Russian Federation linked to the eastern Ukraine fighting, which the European businesses has pushed for.
However, Russia and Ukraine apparently failed to bridge their differences on the status of eastern Ukraine.
Additional talks will be held in four month to take stock of the ceasefire's progress.
Kiev has made clear its determination to never give up the peninsula, which the global community regards as part of Ukraine.
Mr Putin and Mr Zelensky met for their first one-on-one talks since the Ukrainian leader's election in April.
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But the modest agreements reached seemed to leave little room for concerns of "capitulation" to Moscow, making for a mix of relief at that result and disappointment about the obstacles that still loom large in a country torn by a five -year war in its east.
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The head of the Ukrainian state said this at a joint press conference with the leaders of the Normandy Four countries in Paris early on Tuesday, December 10, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.
Also key is agreeing to a calendar for elections to be held in Donetsk and Lugansk, with the two regions enjoying a special status under Ukrainian law, an idea known as the Steinmeier Formula.
The French presidential source said it was not just Putin's strategic calculations that had impeded the implementation of the Minsk accords but also the "difficulties in Ukraine because of public opinion, divisions, and the fundamental wound caused by the war".
Instead, Ukraine has become entangled in Trump's impeachment hearings, following a July phone call in which Trump urged Zelenskiy to investigate political rival Joe Biden, while the White House withheld about $400 million in military aid to Kyiv.
The agreement helped to reduce the intensity of the fighting but Ukrainian soldiers and Russia-backed separatists have continued to exchange fire across World War I-style trenches along a front line that slices through eastern Ukraine. Putin issued a decree allowing residents of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions to apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure. The United States has backed Ukraine and, along with other nations, has imposed sanctions against Moscow for its takeover of the Crimean peninsula in 2014. "At the moment [there is] no reason to change European Union sanctions regime".
"It is good that we have agreed on a hostage exchange and a cease-fire".