Ukraine President Zelensky pushes for peace ahead of talks with Russia

In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, Ukrainian soldiers in a trench in the front line near the town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, Ukraine. U.S.-made X-ray equipment, helmets and missiles make a difference for Ukrainian troops fighting Kremlin-backed separatists on the front line of the 21st century standoff between Russia and the West. (AP Photo/Vitali Komar)

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is advancing peace settlements in Eastern Ukraine ahead of talks with Russia. The Ukrainian leader reopened a bridge Wednesday, connecting Russian-occupied areas of Eastern Ukraine to the territories held by his government. Zelensky said it’s very important to restore safe and unrestricted movement across the frontline.

The bridge was blown up in 2015, but neither the Ukrainian nor the Russian military claimed responsibility for that act. european Union diplomats, who are mediating the Ukrainian-Russian talks, are welcoming Zelensky’s move.

“We’re working very intensively on a political settlement of the conflict with Ukraine and France, and will prepare a meeting in Paris on December 9th,” stated Anka Feldhusen, German ambassador to Ukraine. “I want to make something good for people, I see progress here…people can pass easily to cross the frontline, I think it’s very important.”

Zelensky said Russian-backed forces must abide by earlier agreements and ensure a full and complete ceasefire ahead of the talks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, centre, visits reconstruction of the bridge crossing over the Siverskyi Donets River, where the local residents cross the delimitation line in Stanitsa village, Luhanska in eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Zelenskiy said he hopes that a meeting with leaders of Russia, France and Germany set for next moth will help advance a resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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