UPDATED 7:10 AM PT — Thursday, November 21, 2019
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.