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Paris, April 16 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski said on Friday's discussions with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the "Normandy" format, including France, including France And Germany, to try to soothe tensions related to the movements of Russian troops along the border between their two countries.
Volodimir Zelenski, received by Emmanuel Macron in Paris, said he thought that peace talks were possible. The two heads of state also maintained videoconference with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Conflict in Ukraine: Moscow could "defend" the rebels of Donbass
© AP The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in military outfit (at the center) reviews on 8 April 2021 troops in the trenches of the Lugansk region, theater Recent clashes with preressical separatists. While the ceasefire violations are multiplying in the east of Ukraine, the fear of an intensive recovery of the fighting is in the spirits. Especially since the Russian negotiator has threatened to intervene. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has rendered the front line.
The Ukrainian President also stated that a separate meeting between the US President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin could help to solve some problems but that there should be no basic discussion on Ukraine without the presence of Ukrainian representatives .
"I am determined that we are all four connected," said Volodimir Zelenski to journalists after his interview with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, with reference to Vladimir Putin. "The question of the security situation in eastern Ukraine and the end of the occupation of our territories - these are questions that are resolved at N4 meetings."
Volodimir Zelenski launched a diplomatic offensive to obtain confirmation of the support of Western countries in the arm of iron between Ukraine and Russia concerning not only the conflict in the Ukrainian Donbass region but also the strengthening of the Russian military presence at the Border and Crimea, ancient Ukraine region annexed by Russia in 2014.
A made-in-Miami money laundering saga develops even deeper Ukraine roots
WASHINGTON — Take a couple of Ukrainian oligarchs sanctioned for alleged money laundering. Add a mix of Florida-based businessmen who employed the husband of a prominent Democratic politician. Throw in some political connections tracing back to Rudy Giuliani, former Ukrainian presidents and even the Kremlin. What you get is a tangled story about money and power, one that demonstrates the magnetic pull of Miami when money laundering is alleged. A lawsuit, Oleg Zhukovskiy v. National Bank of Ukraine, adds an extra layer onto an already complicated saga about alleged dirty money flowing through South Florida. But first, a recap.
Kiev and Moscow accuse mutually awakening of tensions in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces fight pro-russian separatists in a Conflict that, according to the Ukrainian authorities, has made 14,000 deaths since 2014.
"On the situation in Donbass, with Ukraine and Germany, we remain mobilized and determined to bring out a political solution - the only possible", a Written Emmanuel Macron on Twitter after these interviews.
In a statement published by the German Chancellery after the videoconference meeting with Angela Merkel, France, Germany and Ukraine urged Russia to withdraw its reinforcements of troops at the border and Crimea.
The Kremlin had previously declared that the fighting in the east of Ukraine had decreased but supervised the situation closely.
Volodimir Zelenski is also pressure on NATO member states for Ukraine's accession to the military alliance, a subject he said he has approached with Emmanuel Macron.
At the Elysee, it was stated that this subject should be examined in the collective framework of the Alliance. (Elizabeth Pineau, Richard Lough, Michel Pink; French version Camille Raynaud, edited by Bertrand Boucey)
Russian troops start pulling back from Ukrainian border .
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian troops began pulling back to their permanent bases Friday after a massive buildup that caused Ukrainian and Western concerns. On Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu declared the sweeping maneuvers in Crimea and wide swaths of western Russia over, and ordered the military to pull the troops that took part in them back to their permanent bases by May 1. At the same time, he ordered their heavy weapons kept in western Russia for another massive military exercise called Zapad (West) 2021 later this year.