Ukraine and Russian Federation agreed to a "full and comprehensive" ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of the year during the Normandy Summit, held in Paris on Monday.
A long-awaited summit in Paris on Monday is aiming to find a way to end the war in Ukraine, after five years and 14,000 lives lost in a conflict that has emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics.
A major breakthrough is unlikely, but whatever happens, the summit is the biggest test yet for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who won the presidency this year in a landslide - partly on promises to end the war.
But the talks did deliver specific commitments. Putin insists that the separatist regions hold local elections first, while Zelenskiy says Ukraine needs to regain control of the border first. There were no details though on how the votes would be conducted, and Macron acknowledged there were still disagreements on the subject.
"It remains to be seen whether Ukraine is willing to give up some of its preconditions for implementing the Steinmeier Formula". The U.S.is an important military backer for Ukraine, which is hugely out-gunned by Russian Federation. Reportedly, France and Germany don't see such a necessity.
The summit is far from an ideal scenario for Zelenskiy, a former comedian without political experience.
More than 13,000 people have been killed in the Ukraine conflict, while almost four million civilians living in the region have been impacted.
Zelensky said he hopes they will help achieve a lasting cease-fire and a deal to exchange all prisoners held by the warring parties.
Another round of talks in the so-called Normandy format, brokered by France and Germany, will be held within four months in Berlin.
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Merkel said that by then it is expected that diplomats would work out the conditions for holding elections in Donetsk and Lugansk. Moscow and Kyiv differ on the sequence of events under the Minsk agreement.
He stated that Donbas, and also Crimea, "are Ukrainian territories". He gave no details.
But Russia and Ukraine continue to disagree on issues such as the withdrawal of Russia-back troops, and elections in areas of Ukraine held by separatist rebels.
In the end, the two men largely stood their ground.
Russia denies that, but admits that Russian "volunteers" are helping the rebels.
Asked if he saw a thaw in relations, Putin said "some sort of it" existed, thanks to the exchange of prisoners, the pulling back of troops and the very fact that the Normandy-type summit took place.
There has been scant sign of a peaceful solution to the crisis despite a 2015 ceasefire deal in Minsk. Monday's summit was the first time the four leaders have met under the Normandy format since 2016.
After a series of bilateral meetings at the Elysee Palace, Putin and Zelenskiy entered the room for a meeting of the four leaders making little eye contact with one another and with no smiles. "Friends, we can not make any concessions to Putin until the last sliver of Ukrainian land is free", Poroshenko said at the rally. He said he and Putin had disagreed on several issues. "Let's say for now it's a draw". Opposition politicians rejected "peace at the cost of capitulation" and expressed grave misgivings about Putin's willingness to deal honestly. Putin and Zelenskiy faced each other across the table, flanked by Macron and Merkel.